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Sat 09 Jun
National Get Outdoors Day at Minnewaska
Saturday, June 9, 2018 09:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

9:30am–11:00am: Introduction to Birding Walk for Families: Are you interested in birds or bird watching? Then this introductory program is for you! Join Nick Martin, Environmental Educator and enthusiastic birder, for an enlightening talk at the Nature Center. Afterwards, the group will take a short walk to two scenic vistas, where we may catch a glimpse of a soaring raptor. A few binoculars will be available for loan to participants who may not have their own. This program is recommended for children over the age of 8. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

1pm–3pm: Families Make Your Own Sunprint or Animal Track: Drop by the Nature Center and make a sunprint or a plaster animal track to take home. Sunprints are simple photographs which are made by placing natural objects on a light sensitive paper and then exposing it to natural light. A silhouette of the placed objects is then created on the paper. Participants may also make their own plaster animal track to bring home. While the plaster hardens, participants can explore the Nature Center and nearby trails. These activities are recommended for children over the age of 6.  Pre-registration is NOT required.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Siblings of any age are welcome; however, younger siblings may need parental assistance.

Tue 29 May
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 08:00 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.
Mon 28 May
Hike the Mossy Glen Footpath at Minnewaska
Monday, May 28, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:30 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 along the full length of the beautiful Mossy Glen Footpath, which is just under two miles. The return trip will take participants on the easy to walk Lower Awosting Carriage Road. 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.

Mon 28 May
Kids Make Your Own Animal Track Drop-In Program at Minnewaska
Monday, May 28, 2018 10:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Bring your children to the Minnewaska Nature Center to make their own plaster animal track to bring home. While the plaster hardens, participants can explore the Nature Center and nearby trails. This activity is recommended for children over the age of six 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 NOT required.
Sun 27 May
Drop In Program: Live Birds of Prey at Minnewaska
Sunday, May 27, 2018
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 Nature Center to meet these amazing and beautiful animals in person! Pre-Registration is NOT required.
Sat 26 May
Mine Hole Waterfall and Wildflowers
Saturday, May 26, 2018 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come discover and explore a portion of the easily overlooked northwestern section of Minnewaska. This moderately challenging two-mile hike leads to a small, but pristine waterfall, tucked away in the woods. Though the distance is short, there are sections of trail with sustained hills and some rocky footing. While we are hiking, we will be searching for any wildflowers that might have bloomed recently. If time permits, we will visit Point Lookout, a scenic vista with a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. Participants will meet at the Awosting Parking Area and may need to ride share as trailhead parking is very limited, which will also limit the group size for this outing. Pre-registration required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required