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Sat 23 Jun
Hike to Hamilton Point at Minnewaska
Saturday, June 23, 2018 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come along for an approximately seven-mile outing to Hamilton Point, traveling on a combination of picturesque carriage roads and footpaths. This hike will take participants on the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, Hamilton Point Carriage Road, Scenic Trail Footpath and on Castle Point Carriage Road. The footpath section of this hike features a short section of trail with steep, rocky and narrow footing, which some may find challenging. All participants should come well prepared with appropriate footwear, food and water. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Jun
Hike to Hamilton Point at Minnewaska
Saturday, June 23, 2018 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come along for an approximately seven-mile outing to Hamilton Point, traveling on a combination of picturesque carriage roads and footpaths. This hike will take participants on the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, Hamilton Point Carriage Road, Scenic Trail Footpath and on Castle Point Carriage Road. The footpath section of this hike features a short section of trail with steep, rocky and narrow footing, which some may find challenging. All participants should come well prepared with appropriate footwear, food and water. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Jun
Lake Awosting Beach Opens for Season at Minnewaska
Saturday, June 23, 2018 11:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

The swimming beach at Lake Awosting will open today for the season, seven days per week until Labor Day, staff and weather permitting. This beach, which is located approximately four miles, by foot or bike, from the Wildmere parking area, features a smooth rock slab beach on the remote and beautiful Lake Awosting.
Sun 24 Jun
Citizen Science Hike for Families on Beacon Hill Loop Trail at Minnewaska
Sunday, June 24, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Stefan Ramirez, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Intern to learn all about phenology, the study of how plants and animals change throughout the seasons, and contribute as a citizen scientist in this new monthly series. We will be offering this hike once a month, to monitor seasonal changes in plants along the Beacon Hill loop hike. This two-mile hike offers beautiful views of the Rondout and Wallkill Valleys as well as the Catskill Mountains. Our route follows along carriage roads as well as a footpath, which does include some hills and tricky footing. This program is recommended for adults and children over the age of eight, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling 845-255-0752.
Tue 26 Jun
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 07:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Designed for birding enthusiasts or those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by experienced birding volunteers. Participants will meet at the Minnewaska main entrance and should come prepared with binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program.
Tue 26 Jun
Tuesday Trek: Gertrude’s Nose Hike at Minnewaska
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Stefan Ramirez, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Intern and Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an adventurous seven-mile loop hike to Gertrude’s Nose, which offers one of the most expansive views in Minnewaska. From our start at Lake Minnewaska, this route will follow Millbrook Mountain Footpath to Gertrude’s Nose Footpath, a cliff-edge path abounding with views of the Wallkill Valley, Taconic Mountains and beyond. This challenging hike includes steep rock scrambles, numerous hills and tricky footing in places. We will return on Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road. Participants must bring water, snacks and lunch and wear appropriate hiking shoes. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 30 Jun
Juneberries and Hike to Millbrook Mountain at Minnewaska
Saturday, June 30, 2018 10:00 AM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Have you ever heard of a Juneberry? How about a Shadbush? There is at least one species native to every Canadian province and continental state within the United States. Come celebrate the Juneberries with Park Educator, Nick Martin, on our way to Millbrook Mountain via a combination of carriage roads and one moderately challenging footpath. On this approximately five-mile hike we will discuss the cultural and nutritious significance of this tree and learn how to identify it, too. If we are lucky, we will find some ripe juneberries along the trail to sample. Participants must come prepared with appropriate footwear and enough food and water for this hike. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 30 Jun
Invasive Species Identification and iMapInvasives Training at Gardiner Library
Saturday, June 30, 2018 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Become a steward of your area by learning how to identify and report invasive species using the iMapInvasives database! Your input helps give natural resource professionals a comprehensive view of the state of invasive species in New York. We will reinforce what we've learned by reporting invasive species we identify on the Wallkill Rail Trail.

Meet at Gardiner Library

***Pre-register so your iMapInvasives Account can be set up and ready to use!! Email attendees' name to Sarantia.Mitsinikos@parks.ny.gov

Sun 01 Jul
Morning Light Hike on Beacon Hill at Minnewaska
Sunday, July 1, 2018 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a lovely morning walk along the Beacon Hill Footpath and Carriage Road loop, which follows along the top edge of an east–facing escarpment. This walk, which is just over two miles long, offers beautiful views of the Rondout and Wallkill valleys below and the Catskill Mountains to the north. This route follows along carriage roads as well as the Beacon Hill Footpath, which does include some hills and tricky footing. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Sun 01 Jul
Mask-Making Drop-In Program at Minnewaska
Sunday, July 1, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Insects, birds and frogs are amazing and they come in such beautiful colors and shapes. Stop into the Minnewaska Nature Center to celebrate your favorite insect or frog by making a paper mask to take home. This program is suggested for children between the ages of six to eleven, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Younger children are always welcome to attend, but may need parental assistance with the craft. This is an open program and participants are welcome to stop in to complete the craft at any time during the program hours. Pre-registration is NOT required.

Wed 04 Jul
Beautiful Birds for Children at Minnewaska
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Bring the family to the Minnewaska Nature Center to learn about what makes birds so special. Your children will see various mounted bird specimens, touch bird feathers, look at bird talons, measure their wing span and learn to talk like an owl. And, they'll make their own bird mask to wear on a bird walk along the trails near the Nature Center. This program is recommended for children between the ages of six and ten years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Siblings of any age are welcome; however, younger siblings may need parental assistance. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Sat 07 Jul
Morning Multiple Scenic Views Hike at Minnewaska
Saturday, July 7, 2018 09:30 AM - 12:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Stefan Ramirez, SCA/AmeriCorps Intern, 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 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 observation 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. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Sat 07 Jul
Nature Journals Drop-In Program for Children at Minnewaska
Saturday, July 7, 2018 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Bring your child to the Minnewaska Nature Center to make their own nature journal with Stefan Ramirez, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Intern. After the journals are made, we'll take a walk on trails near the Nature Center where children can look for leaves and other natural items to include in their book. This program is recommended for children between the ages of six and ten years old, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Siblings of any age are welcome to join us, but younger children may need parental assistance making their journal. Pre-registration is NOT required.

Sun 08 Jul
Views across the Ravine Walk at Minnewaska
Sunday, July 8, 2018 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a Sunday 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. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Wed 11 Jul
Junior Naturalists: Slithery Snakes
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Curious about Snakes? Come join us at Minnewaska for a brief lesson about the snakes found in the Park Preserve. This will be followed by a Snake Scents Game, where you are the snake and must determine what is inside a container by scent alone. Snake stories will also be shared by leaders and participants and the group will be led on a hike along the scenic, three-mile-long Beacon Hill Loop. This program is recommended for seven 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
Thu 12 Jul
Junior Naturalists: Outdoor Survival Skills
Thursday, July 12, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join park educators on an exciting and fun outdoor survival challenge. Participants will learn how to read a map and use a compass, pack a backpack for a hike, and understand the principles of Leave No Trace. Then, everyone will practice their skills on a hike around Lake Minnewaska, stopping at various points along the way to orient themselves using the map and compass. This program is recommended for eight to twelve-year-old children, 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
Sat 14 Jul
High Up in the Trees Where the Insects Live, Drop-In Program at Minnewaska
Saturday, July 14, 2018 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Stop by the Minnewaska Nature Center to watch members of the New York State Parks Invasive Species Team as they climb up a tall Eastern hemlock tree to look for hemlock wooly adelgid insects. These forest pests are an invasive, non-native species of aphid-like insect that are damaging our native hemlock trees. Nick Martin, Assistant Environmental Educator, and Stefan Ramirez, SCA/AmeriCorps Intern, will be staffing an education table, where children can observe insects up close through a microscope and also make a leaf rubbing and tree life cycle drawing. Pre-registration is NOT required.

Sun 15 Jul
Hike the Mossy Glen Footpath at Minnewaska
Sunday, July 15, 2018 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for this approximately four-mile hike along the Peter's Kill stream, through mixed forests and across exposed quartz conglomerate rock. The first part of this hike will take participants on the easy to walk Lower Awosting Carriage Road. The return trip will take participants along the full length of the beautiful Mossy Glen Footpath, which is just under two miles. The footpath may include challenging conditions for some, including slippery rocks and tree roots. Meet in the Awosting Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Jul
Birds and Berries at Minnewaska
Saturday, July 21, 2018 09:30 AM - 12:00 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 that 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 22 Jul
Jenny Lane Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Sunday, July 22, 2018 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Stefan Ramirez, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Educator, for a hike along the Jenny Lane section of the Shawangunk Ridge Trail and the Blueberry Run Footpath, through a section of forest that was burned during the 2008 wildfire. Our route will begin with a one mile hike on the Wawarsing Turnpike Footpath, a section of the toll road built in the 1850s that crossed the Shawangunk Mountains. We conclude our hike along the verdant Mossy Glen Footpath, which follows along the edge of the Peter's Kill stream. This five-mile-long hike includes some hilly sections, two stream crossings and lots of walking on exposed bedrock. Meet in the Awosting Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Sat 28 Jul
Hike to Echo Rock at Minnewaska
Saturday, July 28, 2018 09:30 AM - 12:00 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 29 Jul
Leave No Trace Drop-In Program for Everyone at Minnewaska
Sunday, July 29, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Drop by the Nature Center to learn about the Principles of Leave No Trace. We'll talk about the concepts, then go on a brief hike to practice Leave No Trace in action. This program is recommended for everyone, including children over the age of six, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Siblings of any age are welcome to join us. Pre-registration is NOT required.

Tue 31 Jul
Junior Naturalists: Beautiful Butterflies
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join park educators to learn about butterflies and what makes them so unique. We'll search for evidence of their activity, including eggs, caterpillars, leaf chewing and actual butterflies, as we walk the trails in the Peter's Kill Area. We'll also play a fun butterfly game called Flutter-by Butterfly. This program is recommended for six to ten year old children, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Siblings of any age are welcome; however, younger siblings may need parental assistance. Meet at the Peter's Kill Park Office. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Wed 01 Aug
Junior Naturalists: Pond Exploration and Blueberry Picking Adventure
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 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 we'll 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 ten-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
Wed 15 Aug
Junior Naturalists: Birds
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join park educators for a round of birding. Bring your children to learn all about birds by listening to bird calls, touching bird feathers and feet, measuring their wing span and looking at mounted birds. An interactive game will teach them the concepts of gathering food for their young as they pretend to be parent birds and they'll make their own bird mask. Then, we'll take a walk on the picturesque trails in the Peter's Kill Area to look for birds. A few pairs of binoculars will be available to borrow for the walk. This program is recommended for seven 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 Peter's Kill Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Thu 16 Aug
Junior Naturalists: Water Cycle & Rain Sticks
Thursday, August 16, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join park educators for a fun morning learning about the water cycle. We'll take a hike to visit the Peter's Kill stream and we'll play the Incredible Journey Game, where each child pretends to be a drop of water. Lastly, everyone will make their very own rain stick to take home. This program is recommended for eight 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 Peter's Kill Park Office. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.