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Thu 20 Jun
Homeschoolers at Minnewaska: June Bloom
Thursday, June 20, 2024 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
As flowers begin blooming around Minnewaska, we will take a meandering walk through the Lake Minnewaska area to identify different flora and discuss biodiversity at the Park Preserve. Students will get a chance to engage almost all of their senses as we discuss the anatomy of the flower, their role in the ecosystem, and the importance of pollination and preservation. A fun art activity will be offered throughout our hike to further immerse students in this beautiful and educational experience. This program is recommended for children between the ages of seven to twelve years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Well-behaved younger siblings are always welcome. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Fri 21 Jun
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, June 21, 2024 08:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Are you interested in birds or birdwatching? Join Nick Martin, Park Preserve Educator, for bird walks starting at the Gardiner Library, every Friday during June. 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, bring binoculars, and a birding field guide, or field guide installed onto a smart device. 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, in the 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 22 Jun
Mountain Laurel Hike on Hamilton Point Carriage Road and Rainbow Falls Footpath at Minnewaska
Saturday, June 22, 2024 09:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately eight-mile-long outing to Hamilton Point and beyond, traveling on a combination of picturesque carriage roads and footpaths. This hike will take participants on the Lake Minnewaska, Hamilton Point, Castle Point, and Upper Awosting Carriage Roads and Rainbow Falls Footpath. Highlights of the hike include numerous panoramic views of the Wallkill Valley, interesting rock formations, and mountain laurel flowers in bloom. The footpath has some steep and rocky sections with narrow footing as well as two, short, rock scrambles, which some may find challenging. All participants should wear appropriate footwear and bring sufficient food and water to sustain themselves for the duration of the hike. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 23 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Sunday, June 23, 2024 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Explore Shingle Gully, where ice persists into summer in deep, crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by Park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous, approximately six-mile adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet. It includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. To register, please visit http://samspoint.eventbrite.com. Pre-registration deadline: June 18.
Registration: Required
Sun 23 Jun
Creativity Walk to Echo Rock at Minnewaska
Sunday, June 23, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Bring a journal or a sketchbook and any other art materials you can comfortably carry for a three-mile walk to the scenic Echo Rock with Josh Grosse, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Environmental Educator. Along the way, we will discuss notable artists, photographers, and writers who have been inspired by the Shawangunk Ridge's myriad beauties and wonders. We will talk about basic artistic concepts like composition and color theory and do a practice exercise or two to gain hands-on experience with these principles. After reaching Echo Rock, we will soak in the panoramic view that boasts exciting geological formations, a ravine filled with old growth trees and a beaver pond, and the bright green foliage of early summer. We will take some time to create our own artwork, with optional prompts provided by Josh, before making our return trip to the Visitor Center. Some art supplies will be offered by Minnewaska, but you are welcome to bring your own. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Tue 25 Jun
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, June 25, 2024 07:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Designed for both birding enthusiasts and those just looking to learn the basics, this weekly series will offer outings led by Nick Martin, Park Preserve Educator, or an experienced birding volunteer. Participants should bring binoculars, water, and wear hiking shoes or boots. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. Poor weather conditions will trigger a program cancellation. Participants will meet at the Lake Minnewaska entrance. 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 Lake Minnewaska 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 25 Jun
Tuesday Trek: High Peter’s Kill and Awosting Falls Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Tuesday, June 25, 2024 09:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Come explore the picturesque High Peter's Kill Footpath with Josh Grosse, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Environmental Educator, on this approximately four-and-a-half-mile hike. We'll start by walking downhill on the High Peter's Kill Footpath, which features a variety of terrain along a cliff edge with numerous, scenic viewpoints. We'll follow this until we reach the Yellow Connector Footpath, which hugs the frothing edges of the Peter's Kill stream. We'll hike up the east spur of the Red Loop Footpath and take a short break at the Peter's Kill restrooms. 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 and steep 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 the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Fri 28 Jun
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, June 28, 2024 08:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Are you interested in birds or birdwatching? Join Nick Martin, Park Preserve Educator, for bird walks starting at the Gardiner Library, every Friday during June. 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, bring binoculars, and a birding field guide, or field guide installed onto a smart device. 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, in the 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 28 Jun
Mindfulness Woods Walk Series with Jane Dobson at Minnewaska
Friday, June 28, 2024 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Begin your day with peace of mind when you join Jane Dobson with Mind the Forest guides for a meditative walk in the beautiful forest at Minnewaska. Join any one or all of the classes in this series as we use mindful nature connection to explore themes of embodiment, species loneliness and relationship, reciprocity and gratitude, and our relationship with time. Inspired by the Japanese practice of Forest Bathing, this guided experience is more of a saunter than a hike or exercise. We'll shift from our thinking minds, where we spend most of our time, to our direct experience of the present moment through our senses. This type of mindful nature connection brings a host of mental and physical health benefits to us, including reduced levels of our stress hormone cortisol, reduced anxiety and improved mood, focus and sleep. This free program is open to participants over the age of 16 years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18 years old. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752. The meeting location will be provided on registration.
Registration: Required
Sat 29 Jun
Millbrook Mountain Hike at Minnewaska
Saturday, June 29, 2024 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately five-mile hike to Millbrook Mountain and back along the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, Millbrook Mountain Footpath, and Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road. Millbrook Mountain is one of many scenic vistas within Minnewaska and offers one of the most expansive views in the Park Preserve, from a cliff-top perch. Raptors are often seen gliding below and above. The footpath sections of this hike include uneven, rocky terrain, a stream crossing, wet areas, and other challenges that some might find difficult. All participants should come prepared with appropriate footwear and clothing and enough food and water to sustain themselves for the duration of the outing. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 30 Jun
Reflections at Rainbow Falls at Minnewaska
Sunday, June 30, 2024 09:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Josh Grosse, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Environmental Educator, for a peaceful, six-mile hike to the iconic Rainbow Falls. Participants will meet at the Lower Parking Area, where we will select a nature themed meditation card, setting a mindful intention for our journey. Our hike will begin on Mossy Glen Footpath — a meandering trail lined with lush mountain laurel that crisscrosses the babbling Peter's Kill. We will then take a short, uphill stretch of Blueberry Run Footpath to connect with Upper Awosting Carriage Road. Then, we will walk to the upper entrance of the Rainbow Falls Footpath, which features a natural staircase descending into a sea of greenery. As we arrive at Rainbow Falls, we will take time to reflect on our meditation card while enjoying the calming sound and cool mist offered by the waterfall. Our return trip will continue along the remainder of Rainbow Falls Footpath, which features a moderate rock scramble. We will connect with Lower Awosting Carriage Road, which we will follow until we reach our starting point at the Lower Parking Area. Some sections of trail may be muddy and wet. Participants are highly encouraged to wear hiking boots and bring plenty of food and water. You may also bring a journal and writing utensil to assist in your reflections. Meet at the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Mon 01 Jul
Adult Learning Summer Series: Nature, the Storyteller at Minnewaska
Monday, July 1, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Josh Grosse, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Environmental Educator, for a discussion about the long association between nature and the oral and written traditions in human cultures. From the Lenape and Zulu creation stories to the biblical Garden of Eden, the natural world around us has been deeply intertwined in our belief systems. Our outing will include a four-mile, round trip walk to the tranquil Echo Rock, where we will listen to some of these stories and explore their significance. On our return trip, we will look at the natural landscape of Minnewaska, discussing things like talus and trees, and aligning their existence with notable historical events to build perspective on our relationship with the world around us. Participants should come prepared with appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear, plenty of water, and food to sustain themselves. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Mon 08 Jul
Adult Learning Summer Series: Tree Identification Hike on the Beacon Hill Loop at Minnewaska
Monday, July 8, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a casual hike along the Beacon Hill hiking loop to learn some of our more common trees. This approximately three-mile route features easy walking carriage roads as well as a cliff-edge footpath with lovely views of the Wallkill Valley and Catskill Mountains. The footpath does include some modest hills and potentially tricky footing that may be challenging for people who are not familiar with hiking or who have some physical limitations. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Thu 11 Jul
Adult Learning Summer Series: Birding Talk and Walk – Summer Songbirds at Minnewaska
Thursday, July 11, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for a talk and walk that will focus on the songbirds of summer at Minnewaska. After meeting at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center, we'll take a short walk to the Nature Center, for a presentation and discussion about all these interesting songbirds. After, we will go for a slow-paced, bird walk of up to two miles on the carriage roads near Lake Minnewaska. Participants should come well-prepared with enough food and water to sustain themselves for the outing. Participants are also encouraged to bring binoculars if they have them. If not, a few pairs will be available for participants to borrow. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Thu 11 Jul
Junior Naturalists for Families at Minnewaska: Make Your Own Paper
Thursday, July 11, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Park Educators in learning the fun art of papermaking. We will learn how paper is made then make paper ourselves! We will take a short hike while our paper dries and if time and drying permit, we will paint our homemade creations. This program is recommended for children between the ages of seven to twelve years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Well-behaved younger siblings are always welcome. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Fri 12 Jul
Adult Learning Summer Series: Mindfulness Woods Walk Series with Jane Dobson at Minnewaska
Friday, July 12, 2024 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Begin your day with peace of mind when you join Jane Dobson with Mind the Forest guides for a meditative walk in the beautiful forest at Minnewaska. Join any one or all of the classes in this series as we use mindful nature connection to explore themes of embodiment, species loneliness and relationship, reciprocity and gratitude, and our relationship with time. Inspired by the Japanese practice of Forest Bathing, this guided experience is more of a saunter than a hike or exercise. We'll shift from our thinking minds, where we spend most of our time, to our direct experience of the present moment through our senses. This type of mindful nature connection brings a host of mental and physical health benefits to us, including reduced levels of our stress hormone cortisol, reduced anxiety and improved mood, focus and sleep. This free program is open to participants over the age of 16 years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18 years old. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752. The meeting location will be provided on registration.
Registration: Required
Wed 17 Jul
Junior Naturalists for Families at Minnewaska: Blueberry Picking Hike in the Meadows
Wednesday, July 17, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:00 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 one-quart containers. All participants should come well prepared with appropriate footwear, food, and water. This program is recommended for children between the ages of seven to twelve years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Well-behaved younger siblings are always welcome. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Mon 22 Jul
Junior Naturalists for Families at Minnewaska: Wildlife Myth Busters
Monday, July 22, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join SCA/AmeriCorps Environmental Educator, Josh Grosse, to talk about how important it is to not judge a book by its cover, especially when it comes to plants and animals. Snakes, coyotes, and spiders are just a few examples of animals that many people see as bad, scary, or evil. On the other hand, deer, birds, and bamboo are noted for their beauty and grace. Are either of these assumptions true? Our day will begin in the Visitor Center, where we'll talk about some common misconceptions, match the species with its characteristics, and discuss the positive impacts that even the scariest animals can bring to the natural world. Later, we will take a hike up the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road to the old Cliff House Hotel location, where we will play interactive games that may change the way we think about these animals and plants. This program is recommended for children between the ages of seven to twelve years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Well-behaved younger siblings are always welcome. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Wed 24 Jul
Adult Learning Summer Series: Learn about the Lichens of Minnewaska with John Franklin, Guest Educator
Wednesday, July 24, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join lichen photographer and Department of Environmental Conservation Steward, John Franklin, for a walk and talk on lichens, the colorful organisms seen growing on trees and rocks throughout the Park Preserve. These amazing and abundant organisms consist of a fungus and an alga or cyanobacteria living together in a symbiotic relationship. Lichens were the pioneer species of life to establish on this rocky, barren landscape after the glaciers receded thousands of years ago. This program will include up to two miles of walking on carriage roads, stopping to discuss lichens along the way. This program is recommended for participants over the age of 16 years old, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Please bring binoculars, a hand loupe, or a magnifying glass, if possible, to aid you in close-up observations of the lichens. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Fri 26 Jul
Adult Learning Summer Series: Mindfulness Woods Walk Series with Jane Dobson at Minnewaska
Friday, July 26, 2024 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Begin your day with peace of mind when you join Jane Dobson with Mind the Forest guides for a meditative walk in the beautiful forest at Minnewaska. Join any one or all of the classes in this series as we use mindful nature connection to explore themes of embodiment, species loneliness and relationship, reciprocity and gratitude, and our relationship with time. Inspired by the Japanese practice of Forest Bathing, this guided experience is more of a saunter than a hike or exercise. We'll shift from our thinking minds, where we spend most of our time, to our direct experience of the present moment through our senses. This type of mindful nature connection brings a host of mental and physical health benefits to us, including reduced levels of our stress hormone cortisol, reduced anxiety and improved mood, focus and sleep. This free program is open to participants over the age of 16 years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18 years old. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752. The meeting location will be provided on registration.
Registration: Required
Mon 29 Jul
Adult Learning Summer Series: Field Guide Creation at Minnewaska
Monday, July 29, 2024 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Field guides are excellent tools that blend the areas of art and science to create a deeper understanding of the world around you. On this three-mile outing, we will be focusing on how to create entries in a field guide, which can be used to help identify plants and animals at Minnewaska. Josh Grosse, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Environmental Educator, will help walk you through the steps of making entries in your own field guide, from taking measurements of the subject to making a drawing. Blank guides, measurement tools, and drawing materials will be provided by Minnewaska before we embark on the hike. Starting from the Lower Parking Lot, we will follow the entire length of the Mossy Glen Footpath, which is lined with abundant mountain laurel and follows the edges of the babbling Peter's Kill stream. Along the way, we will make a few stops to create entries in our guides. Please note that the footpath includes some tricky footing and may be slippery in some places. Participants should come prepared with appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear, plenty of water, and food to sustain themselves. Participants are also encouraged (but not required) to download the "Seek" iNaturalist app­ – a helpful digital tool for identifying plant and animal species using your phone's camera­– before coming to this program. Meet at the Lower Parking Lot. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Wed 31 Jul
Junior Naturalists for Families at Minnewaska: Wilderness Skills Adventure Hike
Wednesday, July 31, 2024 09:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
If your child is interested in learning about how to properly prepare for and carry out a hike, come along with SCA/AmeriCorps Environmental Educator, Josh Grosse, for this exciting program. Our day will begin with a fun, interactive game that teaches participants how to properly pack for a safe day on the trail. Afterward, we'll take a five-mile hike to Millbrook Mountain and back, taking two carriage roads and one moderately challenging footpath. Along the way, we will practice using orienteering tools, like maps and compasses, with another interactive activity on the trail. Once we reach Millbrook Mountain, we will soak in the expansive view— where vultures can often be seen flying below— and eat our lunches together. From here, we'll head back to the Visitor Center to conclude our day. All participants should come properly prepared with lunch, snacks, plenty of water, and appropriate clothing and footwear. Please note, the footpath portion of this hike does include some steep and potentially slippery sections that some may find challenging. This program is recommended for children between the ages of nine to thirteen years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Well-behaved younger siblings are always welcome, so long as they can hike the full distance. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Mon 05 Aug
Junior Naturalists for Families at Minnewaska: Exciting Upcycling Craft
Monday, August 5, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
They say one person's trash is another person's treasure, but what about turning your own trash into your own treasure? Bring your family to Minnewaska to learn about how to turn a t-shirt into a tote bag. We'll take a casual, one-mile hike after our craft session, collecting trash we find along the trail, and learning about the importance of keeping our world clean and safe, all while exploring the natural curiosities around us. If time allows, we will play a game about the significance of recycling and composting. Please bring your own t-shirt, and we will supply the rest! This program is recommended for children between the ages of six to twelve years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Well-behaved younger siblings are always welcome. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Wed 14 Aug
Adult Learning Summer Series: “Why Hike?”: Adventurous Outing and Discussion of Long-Distance Hikers at Minnewaska
Wednesday, August 14, 2024 09:30 AM - 04:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Throughout modern history, people have used long-distance hiking as a form of leisure, exercise, personal fulfillment, and even political protest. Join Josh Grosse, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Environmental Educator, for an all day, eight-mile hike on a combination of gently sloping carriage roads and rugged footpaths. On this hike, we will discuss the lives and accomplishments of a few notable long-distance hikers, including John Burroughs, Grandma Gatewood, and Dr. John Francis. We will begin at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center and make our way down to the Upper Awosting Carriage Road. We will follow this until we intercept Blueberry Run Footpath, which we will take until we reach the iconic Castle Point. On our return trip, we will follow Castle Point Carriage Road until we meet the trailhead for Rainbow Falls Footpath, which will take us back to Upper Awosting Carriage Road. This section of trail includes some moderate rock scrambling. We will follow Upper Awosting Carriage Road back to the Visitor Center. Please note that this hike is intended for more experienced hikers, as the footpaths include some steep sections with tricky footing. Participants should come prepared with appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear, and plenty of water and food to sustain themselves. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Mon 19 Aug
Adult Learning Summer Series: Learn Your Ferns at Minnewaska
Monday, August 19, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a morning stroll and hands-on lesson about ferns. These beautiful, non-flowering plants come in many varieties, shapes and sizes. During the program, you'll learn about the basic characteristics of these plants and how to identify some of our more common ferns. We'll walk up to four miles along the carriage roads in the Lake Minnewaska area on a search for these charismatic plants, learning as we go. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Wed 21 Aug
Junior Naturalists for Families at Minnewaska: Nature Sculptures along the Peter’s Kill Stream
Wednesday, August 21, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
For many people, nature and art go hand in hand. In this fun, family program, we will take a look at notable artists who used beautiful landscapes along the Shawangunk Ridge as inspiration for paintings, and other artists who have used natural objects, like sticks and rocks, to make their own wonderful creations. After our discussion, we will take an approximately one-mile round trip hike on the Red Loop Footpath to reach the Peter's Kill, a cool mountain stream that's shaded from the summer heat by a dense forest. Here, we'll collect natural materials to make our own sculptures right along the stream edge. Once we've shared, we'll return the natural materials to where we found them and walk back up to where we started. This program is recommended for children between the ages of seven to twelve years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Well-behaved younger siblings are always welcome. Meet at the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Wed 21 Aug
Adult Learning Summer Series: Evening Discovery Hike in the Old Golf Course and Orchard at Minnewaska
Wednesday, August 21, 2024 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an evening open discovery hike along some of the carriage roads near Lake Minnewaska and through the old golf course and orchard. During this approximately two-mile hike, we will focus on awareness of the natural world – looking at and discussing what participants are interested in looking at, such as trees, mosses, amphibians, birds, and more. Part of this hike will take place on Lake Minnewaska and Upper Awosting Carriage Roads, which are gently sloping, gravel trails. The other part of this hike will take place on the grassy paths that wind through the old orchard and golf course, which may be muddy or wet. Participants should come well-prepared with enough food and water for the outing and are encouraged to wear sturdy and waterproof boots. Participants may want to bring binoculars if they have them. A few pairs will be available for participants to who would like to borrow them. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Thu 22 Aug
Junior Naturalists for Families at Minnewaska: Make Your Own Paper
Thursday, August 22, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Park Educators in learning the fun art of papermaking. We will learn how paper is made then make paper ourselves! While our paper dries, we'll take a short hike, and if time and drying permit, we will paint our homemade creations. This program is recommended for children between the ages of seven to twelve years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Well-behaved younger siblings are always welcome. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Wed 28 Aug
Junior Naturalists for Families at Minnewaska: “How About That Habitat?”
Wednesday, August 28, 2024 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Snakes, birds, and bears, oh my! Join SCA/AmeriCorps Environmental Educator, Josh Grosse, and learn about the various habitats that Minnewaska provides for these animals. This program will also include a half-mile walk to the Beacon Hill field, where we will play a game about finding the right resources for different animals' habitats before we return to the Nature Center. To finish out our time together, Junior Naturalists will make their own mini "habitat in a box" for a native animal of their choosing, using model trees, mosses, paints, and more. This program is recommended for children between the ages of seven to twelve years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Well-behaved younger siblings are always welcome. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Thu 29 Aug
Adult Learning Summer Series: Birding Talk and Walk at Minnewaska – Fall Migration
Thursday, August 29, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Every autumn, millions of songbirds and hawks take to the skies as they fly south to their winter habitats. Learn where and when to look for this amazing feat of nature during a presentation by Nick Martin, Park Educator. After this discussion, we will go for a slow-paced walk of up to two miles on the carriage roads near Lake Minnewaska. Participants should come well-prepared with enough food and water to sustain themselves for the outing. Participants are also encouraged to bring binoculars if they have them. If not, a few pairs will be available for participants to borrow. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Thu 05 Sep
Homeschoolers at Minnewaska: Eyes to the Sky: Raptors and Vultures
Thursday, September 5, 2024 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Many birds call Minnewaska home, including impressive birds of prey and fascinating scavengers. In this homeschool program, we will observe these important animals both up close and from afar. We will discuss their roles in the ecosystem, from carnivores at the top of the food chain to the vulture's equally valuable job as nature's cleanup crew. After our lesson, we will walk up to a beautiful view on the east side of Lake Minnewaska, where we will play a game and look for large groups of migrating hawks and soaring vultures using binoculars. This program is recommended for children between the ages of seven to twelve years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Well-behaved younger siblings are always welcome. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Thu 17 Oct
Homeschoolers at Minnewaska: Fall Foliage
Thursday, October 17, 2024 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
As autumn is ushered in, Minnewaska's green landscape becomes peppered with flecks of red, yellow, and orange. Excellent views of the surrounding valleys are matched by equally amazing educational opportunities. We will start this lesson in the Visitor Center, where each student will use a leaf press booklet to create their own identification guide. We'll use this tool as we take a two-to-three-mile hike along one of the Park Preserve's many carriage roads. We will make friends with trees, getting to know them by touch, smell, and sight. We'll also hear their story about how they grew from seed to adult, before giving them a big hug. We will also play some leaf matching games to try out our identification skills! This program is recommended for children between the ages of seven to twelve years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Well-behaved younger siblings are always welcome. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Wed 06 Nov
Homeschoolers at Minnewaska: Mosses, Mushrooms, and Lichen
Wednesday, November 6, 2024 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
With the last of the trees shedding their leaves, late autumn begins to feel like a time of grayness and death. However, not everything gets the memo. Join Josh Grosse, Student Conservation Association/Americorps Environmental Educator, as we dive into the exceptional world of mosses, lichens, and mushrooms. We will discuss the role of each organism in the ecosystem, and why their rebellious greenness and growth persists into the cold months. Our discussion will be followed by an appreciation walk, where we will look at examples of each and make close observations using magnifying glasses. This program is recommended for children between the ages of seven to twelve years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Well-behaved younger siblings are always welcome. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required