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Tue 05 Jul
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, July 5, 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, snacks 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.
Fri 08 Jul
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, July 8, 2022 08:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Are you interested in birds or birdwatching? Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for bird walks starting at the Gardiner Library every Friday during July. 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 are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes and bring binoculars and a birding field guide, or a smart device with a field guide installed. Interested participants are welcome to attend one or all Friday programs. 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 09 Jul
Kempton Ledge and Echo Rock Hike at Minnewaska
Saturday, July 9, 2022 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately four-mile hike along a few historic carriage roads to two scenic vistas. From the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center, we'll start by heading around the west side of Lake Minnewaska to reach an intersection with the old golf course. We'll wander up through here until we cross the intersection with Castle Point Carriage Road, then we'll continue on this route until we come to Kempton Ledge, a scenic overlook along a rocky, cliff line. Then, we'll retrace our steps until we intersect with Hamilton Point Carriage Road, which we'll follow until we reach Echo Rock, another cliff-side, scenic vista. From here, we'll head back towards Lake Minnewaska and walk around the east side of the Lake until we arrive back at our starting point. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Sun 10 Jul
Long Way to the Waterfall at Minnewaska
Sunday, July 10, 2022 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a five-mile loop hike on the High Peter's Kill Footpath and the Awosting Falls Carriage Road. Highlights of this outing include the bright, white flowers of blooming rhododendron bushes, a breathtaking view of the Catskills from a cliffside perch, close-up views of the fast-flowing Peter's Kill stream, and the iconic 65-foot tall Awosting Falls. The footpath section of this hike features sections 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. Meet at the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Tue 12 Jul
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, July 12, 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, snacks 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 12 Jul
Tuesday Trek: Rhododendron Meander along the Mossy Glen Footpath at Minnewaska
Tuesday, July 12, 2022 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, will lead this three-and-a-half-mile hike that follows the Peter's Kill, a gently gurgling stream that runs through cool hemlock forests and tropical-feeling, blooming rhododendrons. This trail does include some tricky footing, such as slippery rocks and exposed tree roots, but the second half of this route, which follows along the Lower Awosting Carriage Road, is an easy stroll. 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.
Wed 13 Jul
Junior Naturalists for Families at Minnewaska: Learn about Insects
Wednesday, July 13, 2022 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Let's discover the wonderful world of insects together. To start off this program, we will have a short discussion about the characteristics and adaptations of insects. Next, we will learn how to use sweep nets to search for crawling and flying insects and practice using these tools in a field habitat. We will gently collect and observe insects that we catch with our sweep nets in a container. After we observe them, we will release them back into the field where they came from. After the insect search, we will hike approximately a half-mile on the Red Loop Footpath. This footpath has some continuous hills and uneven surfaces, that some might find challenging. This program is recommended for children between the ages of seven to twelve years old, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Well behaved younger siblings are always welcome. All participants should come prepared with appropriate footwear and bring enough food and water to sustain themselves for the duration of the program. Meet at the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Thu 14 Jul
Junior Naturalists for Families at Minnewaska: Scenic Streamside Hike, Hiking Preparedness and Map Reading
Thursday, July 14, 2022 09:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Park Educators 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 four-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. Along the way, if we're lucky, we may see the showy, large, white flowers of the native rhododendrons. 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.
Fri 15 Jul
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, July 15, 2022 08:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Are you interested in birds or birdwatching? Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for bird walks starting at the Gardiner Library every Friday during July. 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 are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes and bring binoculars and a birding field guide, or a smart device with a field guide installed. Interested participants are welcome to attend one or all Friday programs. 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 15 Jul
Awosting Falls and High Peter’s Kill Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Friday, July 15, 2022 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join us for this approximately five-mile, loop hike, primarily on the Awosting Falls Carriage Road and High Peter's Kill Footpath. Beginning at the Lower Parking Area, we will wander down the Awosting Falls Connection and Awosting Falls Carriage Road to reach Awosting Falls, a 65-foot-tall waterfall. If there has been a recent rainfall, we may experience a beautiful cascade of water falling over the edge of the cliffs. From here, we will continue walking down this carriage road until we reach the Peter's Kill Area, where we can take a short break. Then, we will hike assorted footpaths to reach the High Peter's Kill Footpath, which we will follow back to our starting point. The footpath sections of this hike include steep, hilly sections and uneven and rocky surfaces, which some may find challenging. All participants should come prepared with appropriate footwear and bring enough food and water to sustain themselves for the duration of the hike. Meet at the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Sun 17 Jul
Millbrook Mountain Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Sunday, July 17, 2022 09:30 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for this five-mile hike along the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road, and Millbrook Mountain Footpath. The gorgeous views from the cliff on top of Millbrook Mountain include the Sky Top stone observation tower and the lush, green Wallkill Valley below. Raptors are often seen soaring beneath this cliff. The footpath does feature a steep hill up and down, as well as a stream crossing and some potentially tricky footing. Participants should pack water and food and wear appropriate shoes. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Tue 19 Jul
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, July 19, 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, snacks 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.
Fri 22 Jul
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, July 22, 2022 08:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Are you interested in birds or birdwatching? Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for bird walks starting at the Gardiner Library every Friday during July. 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 are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes and bring binoculars and a birding field guide, or a smart device with a field guide installed. Interested participants are welcome to attend one or all Friday programs. 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 23 Jul
OId Golf Course and Orchard Wander at Minnewaska
Saturday, July 23, 2022 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately three-mile wander through the winding, meadow pathways off the west side of Lake Minnewaska. These footpaths navigate through the old golf course and orchard of the former Minnewaska resort. The planned route of this outing will take participants along the west side of Lake Minnewaska, on the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, to the intersection of the Upper Awosting Carriage Road. From this intersection, we will hike less than a mile along the carriage road and enter the meadows. From here, we'll wander the meandering paths until we intersect with the Castle Point Carriage Road and then head back to Lake Minnewaska and our starting point. The meadow pathways can be wet and muddy, so participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Sun 24 Jul
Hike to Echo Rock at Minnewaska
Sunday, July 24, 2022 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an approximately four-mile hike to Echo Rock. Echo Rock is a scenic vista perched on a cliff above the Palmaghatt Ravine. On a clear day, this unique spot 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 the 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. All participants should come well prepared with appropriate footwear, food, and water. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Tue 26 Jul
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, July 26, 2022
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, snack, 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 26 Jul
Tuesday Trek: Multiple Scenic Views Hike and Blueberry Picking at Minnewaska
Tuesday, July 26, 2022 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an approximately five-mile hike to Echo Rock and Kempton Ledge, returning through the Meadows, where we'll pick blueberries as we walk. The cliff-edge, scenic views from both Echo Rock and Kempton Ledge are spectacular, featuring the surrounding Park Preserve and sometimes even High Point State Park in New Jersey. To reach our destinations, we'll walk along Lake Minnewaska, Castle Point, Millbrook Mountain and Hamilton Point Carriage Roads. These carriage roads offer a flat, even surface that is perfect for walkers who may find rocky and root-covered footpaths challenging. All participants should come well prepared with appropriate footwear, food, and water. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Thu 28 Jul
Junior Naturalists for Families at Minnewaska: Blueberry Picking Hike in the Meadows
Thursday, July 28, 2022 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
July is wild blueberry season, so join Park Educators and other families to pick your own wild blueberries while taking a one-and-a-half-mile hike on the Meadow paths. Along the way, we will discuss the history of blueberry and huckleberry picking at the Park Preserve and look for signs of wildlife in the grasses and ponds. Attendees must bring their own containers. This program is designed for children between the ages of seven to twelve years old, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Younger and older siblings are always welcome, but very young naturalists may require some assistance. All participants should come well prepared with appropriate footwear, food, and water. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Fri 29 Jul
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, July 29, 2022 08:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Are you interested in birds or birdwatching? Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for bird walks starting at the Gardiner Library every Friday during July. 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 are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes and bring binoculars and a birding field guide, or a smart device with a field guide installed. Interested participants are welcome to attend one or all Friday programs. 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 30 Jul
Peter’s Kill Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Saturday, July 30, 2022 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately two-and-a-half-mile hike in the Peter's Kill Area. From the parking area, we will hike on the Red Loop, Bullwheel, and High Peter's Kill Footpaths to reach two scenic vistas. If sky conditions are clear, this hike includes two stunning vistas, one looking over the Clove Valley and the other towards the Rondout Valley and Catskill Mountains. After we have taken in the views, we'll continue on the High Peter's Kill, Yellow Connector, and Red Loop Footpaths to create a loop and return to our starting point. This streamside route features bare rock outcrops decorated with twisted pitch pines and shady forests dominated by eastern hemlock trees in the canopy and rhododendron bushes in the understory. Portions of this hike includes sustained uphill sections and wet, uneven surfaces that some may find challenging. Meet at the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Sun 31 Jul
Multiple Scenic Views Hike around Lake Minnewaska
Sunday, July 31, 2022 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, 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 historic 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 Breakneck 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. All participants should come well prepared with appropriate footwear, food, and water. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.