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Mon 17 Feb
Morning Snowshoe Outing for Families at Minnewaska
Monday, February 17, 2020 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve

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.

Mon 17 Feb
Holiday Hike- Loop around the Lake for Families at Sam’s Point
Monday, February 17, 2020 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Join us for this three-mile loop hike on snowshoes to view magnificent Lake Maratanza. Winds blow almost continuously across this sky lake, creating large snow drifts that can reach incredible heights! On our way back towards the Visitor Center, we will stop at the Sam's Point Overlook, where on a clear day there is a great view of the Wallkill Valley, the Catskills, and much more. Snowshoes may be rented for this program for a fee of $5 per person. If there is insufficient snow cover, this program will be offered as a hike. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

Registration: Required
Thu 20 Feb
Shawangunk Ridge Biodiversity Partnership Lecture Series at SUNY New Paltz
Thursday, February 20, 2020 08:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Fishers Past and Present, with Dr. Scott LaPoint, Black Rock Forest Research Scientist. Once widespread, and then nearly eradicated, the fisher has since recovered much of its former eastern range, thanks to conservation efforts and their own behavioral adaptations. Join us to learn about their ecology and conservation, including some updates to recent and ongoing studies across New York State. This lecture will take place at SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center Room 102. No pre-registration is required, free of charge.

Sat 22 Feb
Tracking Snowshoe Hike along Mossy Glen at Minnewaska
Saturday, February 22, 2020 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Come explore the woods on this approximately four-mile hike, as our route parallels the picturesque Peter's Kill stream. Along the way, we will search for signs of year-round inhabitants, in the form of animal tracks and bird activity. This striking, wooded trail features some moderately challenging terrain as participants walk in and out of hemlock forests, across rock slabs and cross two wooden bridges. Our return trip will take participants on the easy-going Lower Awosting Carriage Road. 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 no snow, this will be offered as a hike. This outing will meet in the Awosting Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Tue 25 Feb
Tuesday Trek: High Peter’s Kill/Awosting Falls Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Come explore the High Peter's Kill Footpath with Laura Conner, Environmental Educator and Sarah LaLumiere, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Intern, 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 and one steep hill to climb up. 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 sections of trail that may be challenging for some. The location for this outing may need to change based on winter trail conditions. Meet in the Awosting Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Thu 27 Feb
Shawangunk Ridge Biodiversity Partnership Lecture Series at SUNY Ulster
Thursday, February 27, 2020 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Enhancing Visitor Experience through Wayfinding, with Ed Pestone, Mohonk Preserve Land Projects Manager. Drawing from Mohonk Preserve's experience in overhauling their trail map and wayfinding signs, this session will cover the basics of wayfinding, as well as the planning, considerations and compromises that go into the process of implementing a wayfinding system for visitors with a wide range of experience and interests. This lecture will take place at SUNY Ulster College Lounge, Room 203. No pre-registration is required, free of charge.