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Sun 25 Aug
High Peter’s Kill Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Sunday, August 25, 2019 09:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, and explore most of the High Peter’s Kill Footpath on this approximately five-mile hike. We’ll start by walking downhill on the High Peter’s Kill Footpath, which features a variety of terrain, along a cliff escarpment with numerous, scenic viewpoints. 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. Meet in the Awosting Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Tue 27 Aug
Tuesday Trek: Out and Back to Gertrude’s Nose at Minnewaska
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 09:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator and Elizabeth Axley, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Member for an adventurous six-mile hike to Gertrude’s Nose and back on the same route. This footpath, which traverses an escarpment edge, offers one of the most expansive views in Minnewaska. From our start at Lake Minnewaska, this route will follow Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road to Gertrude’s Nose Footpath, which offers broad views of the Wallkill Valley, Taconic Mountains and beyond. This modestly challenging hike includes a steep rock scramble, a few hills and some tricky footing. Participants must bring water, snacks and lunch and wear appropriate hiking shoes. Meet at the Welcome Kiosk in the upper parking lot. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 31 Aug
The Long Way to Rainbow Falls at Minnewaska
Saturday, August 31, 2019 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come celebrate water, a powerful landscape-changing force and a most vital resource by visiting one of Minnewaska’s waterfalls. Starting along the Lower Awosting Carriage Road, this approximately six-mile hike will reach the Rainbow Falls Footpath, which offers awesome panoramic views and passes nearly beneath Rainbow Falls. We’ll return along Upper Awosting Carriage Road until we reach Blueberry Run Footpath, which we’ll follow to Mossy Glen Footpath, a quiet trail through cool woods. This hike is recommended for experienced and agile hikers, as it does include two stream crossings, a rock scramble and hiking across a variety of uneven and rocky surfaces. Participants should bring food and water and wear appropriate footwear. Meet at the Awosting Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 01 Sep
Birding Across the Old Orchard at Minnewaska
Sunday, September 1, 2019 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Elizabeth Axley, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Member, on a leisurely hike to identify the many wonderous birds of Minnewaska State Park Preserve. Participants can expect to primarily see wood-warblers and other songbirds on this trip. All levels of birdwatching experience are welcome — Elizabeth will help guide your identification of all birds seen. This adventure will take place on an approximately two-mile loop starting on the Upper Awosting Carriage Road, traversing the Old Orchard on a footpath, continuing along the Castle Point Carriage Road and finishing on the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. If you need to borrow binoculars for this event, please reserve them in advance when you register. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Mon 02 Sep
Drop-in Program: Zero Waste Week Education Workshop at the Minnewaska Nature Center
Monday, September 2, 2019 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come to the Minnewaska Nature Center on Labor Day to learn how to reduce your carbon footprint by eliminating trash, especially the huge amounts of waste generated from single-use plastics. Engage in fun activities for all ages to estimate your volume of trash per year, to understand the impact of landfills on our environment, and to see where changing your habits may make a big difference. We will provide you with resources to help you not only reduce the amount of trash you generate, but to even become waste-free, a challenging but rewarding endeavor. Finally, become educated on local legislative action in both Ulster County and New York State in waste reduction, and learn how you can make your voice heard on these issues. Pre-registration is NOT required.
Thu 05 Sep
Homeschool Program: The Grossly Important Vulture
Thursday, September 5, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve for an afternoon of nature discovery! Come prepared to learn about a topic of natural history, play exciting games, take a hike, make crafty creations, and have fun with new friends!
Sat 07 Sep
Vulture Awareness Day at Minnewaska: The Grossly Important Vulture
Saturday, September 7, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

In September 2009, two conservation groups from South Africa and the United Kingdom organized the first International Vulture Awareness Day. It is now observed on the first Saturday in September and will take place this year on Saturday, September 7, 2019. Come join us at Minnewaska to celebrate this bird, which is key to human, and other animal, health and is encountering population declines in parts of the world. In this program, we will talk about why vultures are important, some of their interesting adaptations and how to identify the two species of vultures found in this part of New York. Afterwards, we will go for an approximately one-mile hike on trails near the Nature Center to for vultures perched or in flight. This program is recommended for all ages. This program meets at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 08 Sep
Volunteer Opportunity: Invasive Species Removal at Minnewaska
Sunday, September 8, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Invasive species are a dangerous, disruptive threat to the balance of any natural ecosystem. Come give back to Minnewaska by working on pulling invasive plants from along the sides of our trails and open park areas. Removal of these species is a very important step in protecting and preserving our park’s unique ecosystem. All necessary training and tools will be provided. The park’s vehicle fee will be waived for all pre-registered volunteers who participate in improving our trails. Be sure to bring plenty of water and any necessary snacks. This volunteer opportunity is appropriate for adults and children who are at least eight years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the park office at the Peter’s Kill Area of Minnewaska. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Thu 12 Sep
Homeschoolers Adventures: Raptor Migration Hike at Minnewaska
Thursday, September 12, 2019 09:30 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join park educators on this approximately five-mile hike to search for migrating raptors. We will hike on Lake Minnewaska and Millbrook Mountain Carriage Roads to reach Millbrook Mountain, a scenic vista that is a great vantage point to watch migrating raptors over the Wallkill Valley. Before beginning the hike, we will talk about raptor migration and how the Shawangunk Mountains are an important migration route for raptors and other birds. Once there, we will sit and watch for migrating raptors. If the conditions are right, we will see plenty of moving birds. This program is suggested for children between the ages of eight to fourteen, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. All participants should come prepared with proper hiking shoes and plenty of water and food. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. This program may be switched to September 19, if weather conditions warrant a change. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Thu 12 Sep
Homeschool Program: Raptor Migration Hike
Thursday, September 12, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve for an afternoon of nature discovery! Come prepared to learn about a topic of natural history, play exciting games, take a hike, make crafty creations, and have fun with new friends!
Sat 14 Sep
Hudson River Valley Ramble: Hawk Watch Drop-In at Minnewaska
Saturday, September 14, 2019 09:30 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Each Fall, thousands of raptors, including eagles, hawks and falcons, migrate over the Shawangunk Mountains on the way to their wintering grounds. Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, at the Beacon Hill picnic area, for a drop-in program to watch for migrating raptors. This area is off the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, on the east side of Lake Minnewaska and next the Beacon Hill Footpath trailhead. There will be an information table set up for those who want to learn more about these amazing animals. And, for those wanting a closer view of these stunning birds, we’ll have a spotting scope to look through and binoculars to borrow. This program will be cancelled in the event of rain. This is a drop-in program and pre-registration is NOT required.
Sun 15 Sep
Morning Multiple Scenic Views Hike at Minnewaska
Sunday, September 15, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

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 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 Break Neck Mountains, as well as the iconic stone 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 Dickie Barre 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. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 21 Sep
Live Birds of Prey Drop-In Program at Minnewaska
Saturday, September 21, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Annie Mardiney, wildlife rehabilitator from Wild Mountain Birds, for an up-close and personal look at some of the raptors common to the Shawangunk Ridge. Live education birds may include red-tailed hawk, broad-winged hawk, American kestrel, barred owl, screech owl and great horned owl. Stop by the Minnewaska Yurt, located in the grassy field next to the parking lot closest to Lake Minnewaska, to meet these amazing and beautiful animals in person! Pre-Registration is NOT required.
Tue 24 Sep
Tuesday Trek: Rainbow Falls Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 10:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, and Elizabeth Axley, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps member, for this approximately eight-mile-long hike on a combination of wooded hiking trails and easy-walking carriage roads. Beginning on the Mossy Glen Footpath, which follows along a quietly brooding stream, this hike will follow the Rainbow Falls Footpath up and over rock slabs with astounding panoramic views, culminating directly beneath Rainbow Falls. This hike does include two stream crossings and some rocky, narrow sections of trail that may be challenging for some. Meet at the Awosting Parking Lot. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 28 Sep
Autumn Leaf Identification Hike around Beacon Hill at Minnewaska
Saturday, September 28, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come learn to identify the trees and leaves of Minnewaska State Park Preserve with Elizabeth Axley, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps member. Elizabeth will lead you around the beautiful forests and vistas of the Beacon Hill trail loop. On this approximately two mile hike, Elizabeth will explain the best methods for identifying trees, using their autumn leaves. Discover whether any of Minnewaska’s leaves have begun to turn color, and identify any tree species that display this remarkable ecological phenomenon. Then, learn how to distinguish seemingly identical leaf pairs and master the identification of locally common trees. Finally, explore the phenology of leaf-turn and leaf-fall, and learn about the incredibly precise timing of these events and why they occur. This family program is recommended for all ages, but may be of special interest to children over the age of seven years old. All children must be accompanied by a parent or 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
Sun 29 Sep
Pine Cone Bird Feeders Drop-In Program at the Minnewaska Nature Center
Sunday, September 29, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Bring your family to the Minnewaska Nature Center and make a delicious snack for migrating birds. Wear your sloppy clothes or an apron to roll pine cones in a high calorie mix of vegetable shortening and seeds. Each pine cone will have a string attached to the top so that it can be hung outside your home in a tree. This fatty meal is a welcome source of energy for birds getting ready for winter. And, when the birds come to eat, you’ll have a perfect opportunity to watch them forage! This program is recommended for children over the age of six, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Younger children are welcome to join the activity, but they may require adult assistance. This is a drop-in program and pre-registration is NOT required.
Thu 03 Oct
Homeschool Program: Live Raptors
Thursday, October 3, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve for an afternoon of nature discovery! Come prepared to learn about a topic of natural history, play exciting games, take a hike, make crafty creations, and have fun with new friends!
Thu 31 Oct
Homeschool Program: Hike to the Ice Caves at Sam’s Point
Thursday, October 31, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve for an afternoon of nature discovery! Come prepared to learn about a topic of natural history, play exciting games, take a hike, make crafty creations, and have fun with new friends!
Thu 07 Nov
Homeschool Program: Fall Foliage and Art in the Park Hike to Echo Rock
Thursday, November 7, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve for an afternoon of nature discovery! Our homeschool family programs are offered the first Thursday of each month from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., except for September and October. Also, homeschoolers are encouraged to join Minnewaska staff for the popular Junior Naturalist summer series for youth, offered in July and August. Come prepared to learn about a topic of natural history, play exciting games, take a hike, make crafty creations, and have fun with new friends!
Thu 05 Dec
Homeschool Program: Nature Observations
Thursday, December 5, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come join other homeschoolers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve for an afternoon of nature discovery! Our homeschool family programs are offered the first Thursday of each month from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., except for September and October. Also, homeschoolers are encouraged to join Minnewaska staff for the popular Junior Naturalist summer series for youth, offered in July and August. Come prepared to learn about a topic of natural history, play exciting games, take a hike, make crafty creations, and have fun with new friends!