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Tue 19 Oct
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 08:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 888-2333

2021 marks the return of this ever-popular program, led by Scott Baldinger, well-known Hudson Valley birder. Designed for both birding enthusiasts and those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by Scott or other experienced birding volunteers. Participants should bring binoculars 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 15 minutes PRIOR to the start of the program. The Park Preserve gates will be locked at 8:00 am. Late arrivals will NOT be allowed in the Park Preserve, which opens to the general public at 9:00 am. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to twenty-five individuals. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Main Entrance. This program is set up on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call Scott Baldinger at 845-888-2333 with any questions.
Tue 19 Oct
Tuesday Trek: Rainbow Falls Footpath Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, and Vanessa Pagano, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Environmental Educator, to explore some of the less frequently visited sections of Minnewaska. Our approximately six-mile-long route will follow a combination of historic carriage roads and footpaths. We'll begin our hike on Mossy Glen Footpath and make our way over to the Rainbow Falls Footpath via Blueberry Run Footpath, Jenny Lane Footpath and Lower Awosting Carriage Road. We'll return along Upper Awosting Carriage Road until we reach Blueberry Run Footpath, which we'll follow to Lower Awosting Carriage Road, which is an easy stroll back to the parking area. This hike does include some tricky stream crossings and rock scrambles and is recommended for experienced and agile hikers. All participants must come prepared with the proper footwear, such as hiking boots, and enough food and water to sustain themselves. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Fri 22 Oct
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, October 22, 2021 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-1255

Are you interested in birds or birdwatching? Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for bird walks starting at the Gardiner Library every Friday during October. 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. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library parking area. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov
Tue 26 Oct
Last Early Morning Birders for 2021 at Minnewaska
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 08:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 888-2333

2021 marks the return of this ever-popular program, led by Scott Baldinger, well-known Hudson Valley birder. Designed for both birding enthusiasts and those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by Scott or other experienced birding volunteers. Participants should bring binoculars 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 15 minutes PRIOR to the start of the program. The Park Preserve gates will be locked at 8:00 am. Late arrivals will NOT be allowed in the Park Preserve, which opens to the general public at 9:00 am. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to twenty-five individuals. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Main Entrance. This program is set up on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call Scott Baldinger at 845-888-2333 with any questions.
Fri 29 Oct
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, October 29, 2021 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-1255

Are you interested in birds or birdwatching? Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for bird walks starting at the Gardiner Library every Friday during October. 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. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library parking area. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov
Sun 31 Oct
Halloween Scavenger Hunt at Minnewaska for Families
Sunday, October 31, 2021 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Bring the family and start your Halloween celebrations at Minnewaska! Join us for Halloween-themed activities, including mask-making and a half-mile, scavenger hunt, hike to look for unusual things hiding along the trail. Costumes are encouraged! This program is recommended for children between the ages of five and twelve, but all are welcome, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Participants should come prepared with water, snacks, and appropriate footwear. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Thu 04 Nov
Minnewaska Homeschoolers: The Story of the Wild Turkey
Thursday, November 4, 2021 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join other homeschoolers to learn about the importance of the American wild turkey throughout human history. From its significance to native people, to its role as the symbol of Thanksgiving, to the success of conservation efforts over the past decades. We will make pinecone turkeys to take home! The program will end with a short hike to look for signs of turkeys and other birds. This program is recommended for children over the age of nine, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Well-behaved younger siblings are always welcome to join the program. The total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Minnewaska Visitors Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required