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Fri 12 Aug
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, August 12, 2022 08:00 AM - 09:30 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 especially after a rainfall. Participants of all skill level and experience are welcome. Participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes, wear sunblock, and 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
Sun 14 Aug
Views across the Ravine Walk at Minnewaska
Sunday, August 14, 2022 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
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. This easy walk is approximately three-and-a-half miles long. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Tue 16 Aug
Tuesday Trek: Two Views and a Stream Hike at Minnewaska
Tuesday, August 16, 2022 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a refreshing hike along the Bullwheel, High Peter's Kill, Yellow Loop, and Red Loop Footpaths to two scenic overlooks in the Peter's Kill Area. One view offers a leafy panorama of the Rondout Valley, with a backdrop of the Catskill Mountains, and the second view spotlights the iconic Sky Top Tower. This stone tower stands out like a landlocked lighthouse guiding visitors to the Shawangunk Mountains. The round-trip distance for this outing is about two miles and there are a few moderate hills. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Wed 17 Aug
Junior Naturalists at Minnewaska: Scenic Streamside Hike, Hiking Preparedness and Map Reading
Wednesday, August 17, 2022 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, to learn how to best prepare for taking a hike, including a short demonstration of what to bring on every hike and a discussion of some basic hiking safety, including a review of map reading. Afterwards, we'll take a three-and-a-half-mile loop hike starting along the Lower Awosting Carriage Road, which is an easy stroll. When we intersect the Blueberry Run Footpath, we'll cross over the picturesque Peter's Kill stream on a narrow bridge, overlooking a small waterfall. Then, we'll hike through the cool forest, along the edges of the stream on the Mossy Glen Footpath, where we'll stop to have lunch. This outing is recommended for children between the ages of six to twelve years old, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. All participants should come prepared with good hiking shoes, sun protection, plenty of water and lunch. Meet at the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 21 Aug
Mossy Glen Summertime Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Sunday, August 21, 2022 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a three-and-a-half-mile loop hike on the Mossy Glen Footpath and Lower Awosting Carriage Road. During the summer, lush green foliage along this narrow, shady path gives it a peaceful, tropical feeling. This trail does have exposed roots and rock slabs that can be slippery when wet. All participants should come well prepared with appropriate footwear, food, and water. Meet at the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Tue 23 Aug
High Peter’s Kill/ Awosting Falls Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Tuesday, August 23, 2022 09:30 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Come explore the High Peter's Kill Footpath with Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, on this approximately five-mile hike. We'll start by walking downhill on the High Peter's Kill Footpath, which features a variety of terrain along a cliff escarpment with numerous, scenic viewpoints. For our return trip, we'll walk along the easy-going Awosting Falls Carriage Road, past the beautiful and iconic Awosting Falls. This hike does include rocky, narrow sections of trail that may be challenging for some. Participants should bring enough water and food for the outing and wear proper hiking shoes. Meet in the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Wed 24 Aug
Junior Naturalists at Minnewaska: All the Awesome Animal Habitats
Wednesday, August 24, 2022 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Park Educators to learn all about habitat, what it is and why it is so important for all living things, including humans. We'll take a three-mile loop hike on the Beacon Hill Footpath and Carriage Road, where we'll search for various animal habitats and the animals who live there. We'll also play a fun game called "Oh Deer" and then we'll make plaster animal tracks to take home. This program is recommended for six to twelve-year-old children, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center.
Registration: Required
Thu 25 Aug
Junior Naturalists at Minnewaska: All About Water
Thursday, August 25, 2022 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
All living things need water, but do you know how much water is on the planet? Where does it come from and where does it go? Discover the answers to this and more as you learn all about the water cycle with Park Educators. We'll play a fun game and then, we'll take a beautiful, one-mile, loop hike to see the Peter's Kill stream and a small waterfall. While at the stream, we'll measure the pH and dissolved oxygen of the water and also look for macroinvertebrates living in the stream. This program is recommended for six to twelve-year-old children, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Fri 26 Aug
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, August 26, 2022 08:00 AM - 09:30 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 especially after a rainfall. Participants of all skill level and experience are welcome. Participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes, wear sunblock, and 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
Registration: Required
Sat 27 Aug
Hike the Former Awosting Reserve to Lake Awosting at Minnewaska
Saturday, August 27, 2022 08:30 AM - 03:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately eight-mile hike and optional swim at Lake Awosting from the site of the old Awosting Reserve. The woods road and footpaths in this area of Minnewaska have continuous uphill sections and the total elevation gain is around 1,500 feet, which may be challenging for some. The return trip to our starting point will be all downhill. All participants should wear appropriate footwear and bring enough food and water to sustain themselves for the duration of the hike. This program may change destinations if weather conditions merit a change. Meet at the Aumick Road Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 28 Aug
High Peter’s Kill/ Awosting Falls Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Sunday, August 28, 2022 09:30 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Come explore the High Peter's Kill Footpath with Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, on this approximately five-mile hike. We'll start by walking downhill on the High Peter's Kill Footpath, which features a variety of terrain along a cliff escarpment with numerous, scenic viewpoints. For our return trip, we'll walk along the easy-going Awosting Falls Carriage Road, past the beautiful and iconic Awosting Falls. This hike does include rocky, narrow sections of trail that may be challenging for some. Participants should bring enough water and food for the outing and wear proper hiking shoes. Meet in the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Tue 30 Aug
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, August 30, 2022 07:00 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 Main Entrance to Minnewaska. Participants MUST arrive prior to the start of the program. The Park Preserve gates will be locked at 7:00 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 Main 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 30 Aug
Tuesday Trek: Millbrook Mountain Hike at Minnewaska
Tuesday, August 30, 2022 09:30 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for this modestly challenging, five-mile roundtrip hike along the Millbrook Mountain Footpath and Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road. Panoramic views of the Wallkill Valley are abundant from the top of Millbrook Mountain. The footpath section of this outing traverses through forests, over a stream and exposed rock slabs, with sustained downhill and uphill sections. Some participants may find this uneven terrain challenging. The other half of this loop hike, which is on the meandering Millbrook Mountain and Lake Minnewaska Carriage Roads, is less strenuous, with scenic views of the Palmaghatt Ravine below. Participants should bring water, snacks and lunch and wear appropriate hiking shoes. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required