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Mon 19 Feb
Snowy Morning Snowshoe Outing
Monday, February 19, 2018 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Break out your warm clothing and snowshoes and join a park educator, for a one-mile long snowshoe walk in the Peter's Kill Area of Minnewaska. We'll walk along the Red Loop Footpath, which meanders through a grassy area and a wetland before entering a mixed deciduous forest, where it descends to the picturesque Peter's Kill stream. Along the way, we'll look for signs of wildlife on the trail including tracks, browse and scat. This outing does include one steep hill that some people may find challenging to climb. A limited number of snowshoes are available for participants to borrow for this program from the education department, located at the Peter's Kill Area. Otherwise, snowshoes may be rented from the Park Preserve Office, located at the Peter's Kill Area, for $5 per person for this program. Early arrival is suggested if you would like to borrow snowshoes. If there is insufficient snow cover, this program will be offered as a hike. Meet in the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Thu 22 Feb
SRBP Lecture Series at SUNY Ulster
Thursday, February 22, 2018 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Raptors on the Ridge, with ornithologist Zach Smith. Join a discussion of the majestic raptors in and around the Shawangunk Ridge, with a special emphasis on the American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) population in Ulster County. This lecture will take place at SUNY Ulster. No pre-registration is required, free of charge.

SUNY Ulster Stone Ridge Campus, Vanderlyn Hall, College Lounge, Room 203

Sun 25 Feb
Two Stunning Views Snowshoe Outing
Sunday, February 25, 2018 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Not a morning person? Then, join a park educator for this two-mile-long, afternoon snowshoe outing in the Peter's Kill Area of Minnewaska. Our route, which does include a few modestly challenging hills, will feature views of the Rondout Valley and Clove Valley from cliff top ledges. This program is recommended for physically fit adults and children older than eight years old. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. A limited number of snowshoes are available for participants to borrow for this program from the education department, located at the Peter's Kill Area. Otherwise, snowshoes may be rented from the Park Preserve Office, located at the Peter's Kill Area, for $5 per person for this program. Early arrival is suggested if you would like to borrow snowshoes. If there is insufficient snow cover, this program will be offered as a hike. Meet in the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Tue 27 Feb
Tuesday Trek: High Peter’s Kill and Awosting Falls Loop Snowshoe Outing at Minnewaska
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 10:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come join a park educator for an adventurous five-mile snowshoe hike along the High Peter's Kill Footpath and the Awosting Falls Carriage Road. Starting from the Awosting Parking Area, participants will hike along the High Peter's Kill Footpath, a narrow trail that slowly descends to the edge of the Peter's Kill stream. Interesting icicle formations abound along the edges of the stream. From here, we'll continue along the Yellow Connector Footpath to reach the Red Loop Footpath, which we'll follow up through the woods for a rest at the Park Preserve Office. The return trip will take participants on the easy-going Awosting Falls Carriage Road, past the 65-foot tall Awosting Falls, where a volcano-shaped ice cone forms if conditions are right. The first half of this route includes numerous hills, rocky spots and potentially icy areas. This is a rigorous outing and participants must wear appropriate winter gear and bring plenty of food and water for the day. A limited number of snowshoes are available for participants to borrow for this program from the education department, located at the Peter's Kill Area. Otherwise, snowshoes may be rented from the Park Preserve Office, located at the Peter's Kill Area, for $5 per person for this program. Early arrival is suggested for snowshoe rental. If there is insufficient snow cover, this program will be offered as a hike. Meet in the Awosting Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska 845-255-0752.