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Sat 22 Sep
Live Birds of Prey Drop-In Program at Minnewaska
Saturday, September 22, 2018 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
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 and screech owl. Stop by Minnewaska to meet these amazing and beautiful animals in person! This is a drop-in program and pre-registration is NOT required.

Sun 23 Sep
Pine Cone Bird Feeders Drop-In Program at the Minnewaska Nature Center
Sunday, September 23, 2018 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Bring your family to the Minnewaska Nature Center and make a delicious snack for migrating birds. Wear your sloppy clothes or an apron to roll pine cones in a high calorie mix of vegetable shortening and seeds. Each pine cone will have a string attached to the top so that it can be hung outside your home in a tree. This fatty meal is a welcome source of energy for birds getting ready for winter. And, when the birds come to eat, you'll have a perfect opportunity to watch them forage! This program is recommended for children over the age of six, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Younger children are welcome to join the activity, but they may require adult assistance. This is a drop-in program and pre-registration is NOT required.

Tue 25 Sep
Tuesday Trek: High Peter’s Kill Loop Hike
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Stefan Ramirez, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Intern, for a five-mile-hike along the High Peter's Kill Footpath. 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 some rocky, narrow sections of trail that may be challenging for some. Meet in the Awosting Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Sat 29 Sep
Walking Stick Art at the Minnewaska Nature Center
Saturday, September 29, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Drop in at the Minnewaska Nature Center to decorate your very own walking stick, which you can try out around the Park after! We'll have ready-made walking sticks of various sizes available, as well as paint with which to decorate them. All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. This is a drop-in program and pre-registration is NOT required.

Sun 30 Sep
Nature Journals at the Minnewaska Nature Center
Sunday, September 30, 2018
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Bring your child to the Nature Center to make their own nature journal with Stefan Ramirez, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Intern. After the journals are made, children can take a walk on trails near the Nature Center to look for leaves and other natural items to include in their book. This program is recommended for children between the ages of six to ten, 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. This is a drop-in program and pre-registration is NOT required.

Thu 04 Oct
Homeschoolers: Seeds & Seasons
Thursday, October 4, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska to learn about the change of seasons. We'll talk about why tree leaves change colors and how tree seeds are spread, followed by a fun activity! This program is recommended for children between the ages of seven and twelve years old, accompanied by an adult over the age of 18. As always, well-behaved younger siblings are welcome to join us. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Sat 06 Oct
Awosting Falls Loop Hike
Saturday, October 6, 2018 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come to Minnewaska and enjoy the foliage as we hike to Awosting Falls. We’ll meet at the Awosting Parking Area, where we begin our hike on the High Peter’s Kill Footpath. As we continue along this trail, we’ll get to see beautiful views of the Rondout Valley. After crossing the Peter’s Kill stream, our hike continues onto two short footpaths, which follows along the Peter’s Kill. We’ll take a break at the Peter’s Kill Area, where we can break for lunch and use the restrooms. From there, we’ll cross Route 44/55 onto the Awosting Falls Connector Footpath and then onto the Awosting Falls Carriage Road. We’ll follow this trail all the way to Awosting Falls, after which we will walk back to the parking area. The carriage roads are relatively easy walking; however, the footpaths do include some hills and tricky footing. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Awosting Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 07 Oct
Kids Make Your Own Animal Track Drop-In Program at Minnewaska
Sunday, October 7, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
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.

Mon 08 Oct
Morning Hike around the Lake and along Beacon Hill Footpath
Monday, October 8, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a three-mile hike along the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, Beacon Hill Footpath and Beacon Hill Carriage Road. We'll walk the picturesque route around the Lake from West to East, stopping along the way for a short detour to a scenic vista of the Catskills. Then, we'll hike the Beacon Hill Footpath, which follows along the top edge of an east-facing escarpment and gets bathed in the warm, morning light. This walk will offer beautiful views of the brilliant foliage below in the Rondout and Wallkill Valleys and the Catskill Mountains to the north. The carriage roads are relatively easy walking; however, the footpath does include some hills and tricky footing. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Tue 09 Oct
Tuesday Trek: Views across the Ravine Walk at Minnewaska
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 09:30 AM - 12:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

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. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Sun 14 Oct
Fall Foliage Bonanza Hike to Echo Rock
Sunday, October 14, 2018 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

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, visitors peer down into the pristine Palmaghatt Ravine, where vultures often glide below. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Fri 19 Oct
Beacon Hill Phenology Hike at Minnewaska
Friday, October 19, 2018 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join us at Minnewaska as we hike on the Beacon Hill Footpath, out to Beacon Hill. Not only will we be admiring the color of the leaves, we'll also study how the leaves have changed from the summer. Phenology hikes are offered every month to gain the most accurate data possible of seasonal changes of plants and animals. This program is recommended for children eight years old and above, but everyone is welcome to join us. Children must be accompanied by a parent or 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 27 Oct
Rainbow Falls and Lake Awosting Hike
Saturday, October 27, 2018 09:30 AM - 04:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join us for an exciting excursion on an assortment of historic carriage roads and footpaths to explore some of the lesser-traversed sections of the Park Preserve. For this approximately eight-mile hike, participants will hike Lower Awosting Carriage Road, Rainbow Falls Footpath, Scenic Trail Footpath and Lake Awosting Carriage Road. We'll begin our hike on Lower Awosting Carriage Road and continue until the Rainbow Falls Footpath. Rainbow Falls features interesting backcountry terrain, and on a clear day, has a spectacular view of the Catskill Mountains. At the intersection of Castle Point, we'll wander down to the Scenic Trail, walking past Margaret Cliff and Murray Hill on the way to the southwest end of Lake Awosting. From here, we'll continue around Lake Awosting on the Lake Awosting Carriage Road and return on Lower Awosting Carriage Road, which is an easy walk back to the parking area. This hike includes some hiking over rock slabs, tree roots, a stream crossing and a rock scrambling section, which some hikers may find challenging. Participants must come with appropriate footwear and enough food and water to sustain themselves for the day. Meet in the Awosting Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Sun 28 Oct
Two Cliff Views Hike at Minnewaska
Sunday, October 28, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a scenic two-and-a-half-mile hike in the Peter's Kill Area to reach two picturesque vistas. Our route will ascend a hill on the Bullwheel Footpath to reach the intersection with the High Peter's Kill Footpath. From this point, the hike will follow the trail a modest distance in each direction to reach gorgeous vistas of both the Clove Valley and the Rondout Valley, from rocky cliff edge perches. Then, we'll continue to follow the High Peter's Kill Footpath to create a loop, passing along the edges of a rushing stream and up a hill through a quiet forest. Meet at the Peter's Kill Park Office. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required