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Tue 19 Jun
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 07:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Designed for birding enthusiasts or those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by experienced birding volunteers. Participants will meet at the Minnewaska main entrance and should come prepared with binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program.
Thu 21 Jun
Tuesday Trek: Mountain Laurel Flowers on Millbrook Mountain at Minnewaska
Thursday, June 21, 2018 09:30 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

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 tower and the verdant Wallkill Valley below. Raptors are often seen soaring beneath the cliff. And, if conditions are right, we’ll pass numerous blooming mountain laurel bushes along the way. 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. Pre-registration is required by calling 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Jun
Hike to Hamilton Point at Minnewaska
Saturday, June 23, 2018 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come along for an approximately seven-mile outing to Hamilton Point, traveling on a combination of picturesque carriage roads and footpaths. This hike will take participants on the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, Hamilton Point Carriage Road, Scenic Trail Footpath and on Castle Point Carriage Road. The footpath section of this hike features a short section 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. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Jun
Hike to Hamilton Point at Minnewaska
Saturday, June 23, 2018 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come along for an approximately seven-mile outing to Hamilton Point, traveling on a combination of picturesque carriage roads and footpaths. This hike will take participants on the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, Hamilton Point Carriage Road, Scenic Trail Footpath and on Castle Point Carriage Road. The footpath section of this hike features a short section 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. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Jun
Lake Awosting Beach Opens for Season at Minnewaska
Saturday, June 23, 2018 11:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

The swimming beach at Lake Awosting will open today for the season, seven days per week until Labor Day, staff and weather permitting. This beach, which is located approximately four miles, by foot or bike, from the Wildmere parking area, features a smooth rock slab beach on the remote and beautiful Lake Awosting.
Sun 24 Jun
Citizen Science Hike for Families on Beacon Hill Loop Trail at Minnewaska
Sunday, June 24, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Stefan Ramirez, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Intern to learn all about phenology, the study of how plants and animals change throughout the seasons, and contribute as a citizen scientist in this new monthly series. We will be offering this hike once a month, to monitor seasonal changes in plants along the Beacon Hill loop hike. This two-mile hike offers beautiful views of the Rondout and Wallkill Valleys as well as the Catskill Mountains. Our route follows along carriage roads as well as a footpath, which does include some hills and tricky footing. This program is recommended for adults and children over the age of eight, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling 845-255-0752.
Tue 26 Jun
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 07:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Designed for birding enthusiasts or those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by experienced birding volunteers. Participants will meet at the Minnewaska main entrance and should come prepared with binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program.
Tue 26 Jun
Tuesday Trek: Gertrude’s Nose Hike at Minnewaska
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Stefan Ramirez, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Intern and Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an adventurous seven-mile loop hike to Gertrude’s Nose, which offers one of the most expansive views in Minnewaska. From our start at Lake Minnewaska, this route will follow Millbrook Mountain Footpath to Gertrude’s Nose Footpath, a cliff-edge path abounding with views of the Wallkill Valley, Taconic Mountains and beyond. This challenging hike includes steep rock scrambles, numerous hills and tricky footing in places. We will return on Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road. Participants must bring water, snacks and lunch and wear appropriate hiking shoes. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 30 Jun
Juneberries and Hike to Millbrook Mountain at Minnewaska
Saturday, June 30, 2018 10:00 AM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Have you ever heard of a Juneberry? How about a Shadbush? There is at least one species native to every Canadian province and continental state within the United States. Come celebrate the Juneberries with Park Educator, Nick Martin, on our way to Millbrook Mountain via a combination of carriage roads and one moderately challenging footpath. On this approximately five-mile hike we will discuss the cultural and nutritious significance of this tree and learn how to identify it, too. If we are lucky, we will find some ripe juneberries along the trail to sample. Participants must come prepared with appropriate footwear and enough food and water for this hike. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 30 Jun
Invasive Species Identification and iMapInvasives Training at Gardiner Library
Saturday, June 30, 2018 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Become a steward of your area by learning how to identify and report invasive species using the iMapInvasives database! Your input helps give natural resource professionals a comprehensive view of the state of invasive species in New York. We will reinforce what we've learned by reporting invasive species we identify on the Wallkill Rail Trail.

Meet at Gardiner Library

***Pre-register so your iMapInvasives Account can be set up and ready to use!! Email attendees' name to Sarantia.Mitsinikos@parks.ny.gov

Wed 11 Jul
Junior Naturalists: Slithery Snakes
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Curious about Snakes? Come join us at Minnewaska for a brief lesson about the snakes found in the Park Preserve. This will be followed by a Snake Scents Game, where you are the snake and must determine what is inside a container by scent alone. Snake stories will also be shared by leaders and participants and the group will be led on a hike along the scenic, three-mile-long Beacon Hill Loop. This program is recommended for seven to twelve-year-old children, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Well behaved younger siblings are always welcome. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Thu 12 Jul
Junior Naturalists: Outdoor Survival Skills
Thursday, July 12, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join park educators on an exciting and fun outdoor survival challenge. Participants will learn how to read a map and use a compass, pack a backpack for a hike, and understand the principles of Leave No Trace. Then, everyone will practice their skills on a hike around Lake Minnewaska, stopping at various points along the way to orient themselves using the map and compass. This program is recommended for eight to twelve-year-old children, accompanied by a parent or legal 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
Tue 31 Jul
Junior Naturalists: Beautiful Butterflies
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join park educators to learn about butterflies and what makes them so unique. We'll search for evidence of their activity, including eggs, caterpillars, leaf chewing and actual butterflies, as we walk the trails in the Peter's Kill Area. We'll also play a fun butterfly game called Flutter-by Butterfly. This program is recommended for six to ten year old children, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Siblings of any age are welcome; however, younger siblings may need parental assistance. Meet at the Peter's Kill Park Office. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Wed 01 Aug
Junior Naturalists: Pond Exploration and Blueberry Picking Adventure
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join park educators to learn all about the animals and insects that live in ponds, and then we'll pick delicious blueberries! We'll take an approximately two-mile-long hike to visit two remote ponds where children will use nets to search for animals. When we've had enough fun with the pond, we'll pick wild blueberries until our hands are purple! This program is recommended for six to ten-year-old children, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Well behaved younger siblings are always welcome. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Wed 15 Aug
Junior Naturalists: Birds
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join park educators for a round of birding. Bring your children to learn all about birds by listening to bird calls, touching bird feathers and feet, measuring their wing span and looking at mounted birds. An interactive game will teach them the concepts of gathering food for their young as they pretend to be parent birds and they'll make their own bird mask. Then, we'll take a walk on the picturesque trails in the Peter's Kill Area to look for birds. A few pairs of binoculars will be available to borrow for the walk. This program is recommended for seven to twelve-year-old children, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Well behaved younger siblings are always welcome. Meet at the Peter's Kill Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Thu 16 Aug
Junior Naturalists: Water Cycle & Rain Sticks
Thursday, August 16, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join park educators for a fun morning learning about the water cycle. We'll take a hike to visit the Peter's Kill stream and we'll play the Incredible Journey Game, where each child pretends to be a drop of water. Lastly, everyone will make their very own rain stick to take home. This program is recommended for eight to twelve-year-old children, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Well behaved younger siblings are always welcome. Meet at the Peter's Kill Park Office. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.