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Fri 23 Apr
 Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, April 23, 2021 09:00 AM - 10:30 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 April. 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 at this time of year. 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 nine individuals. All participants must wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Gardiner Library parking area. For more information and to pre-register, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255.
Registration: Required
Sat 24 Apr
Rainbow Falls Footpath and Awosting Carriage Roads Hike at Minnewaska
Saturday, April 24, 2021 09:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, on an approximately seven-mile exploration of Rainbow Falls Footpath and a few historic carriage roads in Minnewaska. Beginning on the Lower Awosting Carriage Road, we'll walk until we intersect with Rainbow Falls Footpath. From here, we will traverse this rocky footpath, passing by Rainbow Falls along the way, to reach Upper Awosting Carriage Road. Continuing along this carriage road, we'll head back to Lake Minnewaska, from where we will walk downhill along Sunset Carriage Road, completing our loop at our starting point. The footpath section of this hike includes some rocky areas, uneven footing, a stream crossing and a short rock scramble. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to nine individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. Meet at the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 25 Apr
Frog and Salamander Search for Adults and Teens at Minnewaska
Sunday, April 25, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator and Vanessa Pagano, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Environmental Educator, on a hike for adults and teens to look for salamanders, frogs, and their eggs at vernal pools. Early spring is the ideal time to find amphibians, as this is their breeding season. Attendees will have the opportunity to be citizen scientists and amphibian scientists, known as herpetologists. They'll learn how to complete amphibian monitoring forms, as well as where to find and submit them. We will discuss how individuals can contribute to amphibian conservation in the future. Please bring shoes you don't mind getting wet or dirty. This program is recommended for high schoolers and adults. Teens must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. This program is dependent on the proper weather conditions and may need to be rescheduled if snow persists. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to nine individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. This program will meet at the Peter's Kill Park Office. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Tue 27 Apr
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 08:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(914) 643-7396

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 water 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. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to twenty-five individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum of six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. Meet at the Main Entrance. For questions, please call Scott Baldinger at 914-643-7396. This program is set up on a first-come, first-served basis.
Registration: Required
Tue 27 Apr
Tuesday Trek: Rainbow Falls Footpath Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 09:30 AM - 04:00 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, including the Rainbow Falls Footpath. 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. The Rainbow Falls Footpath showcases some of the more interesting and remote backcountry in the Park Preserve. We'll return along Upper Awosting Carriage Road until we reach Blueberry Run Footpath, which we'll follow to Lower Awosting Carriage Road, which offers 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. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to nine individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. Meet at the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Fri 30 Apr
 Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, April 30, 2021 09:00 AM - 10:30 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 April. 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 at this time of year. 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 nine individuals. All participants must wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Gardiner Library parking area. For more information and to pre-register, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255.
Registration: Required
Sun 02 May
I Love My Park Day: Trail Work on the Mossy Glen Footpath at Minnewaska
Sunday, May 2, 2021 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Volunteers will work with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference members and Park Preserve staff to harden and repair the trail surface on the first half mile of the Mossy Glen Footpath. Deep puddles frequently form on this section of trail and hikers walk around the edges of these wet spots, widening the trail in the process. Volunteers will create rock crush which they'll use to fill in these seasonally wet potholes. Some tasks will be physically demanding and may involve carrying, lifting, and bending as well as using hand tools, such as shovels, pry bars, and sledgehammers. It is recommended that volunteers bring work gloves, waterproof boots and clothes they don't mind getting dirty, as this project area may be muddy and wet. Volunteers are also encouraged to bring their own tools. This program is appropriate for children over the age of 13, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to ten individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum of six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. Meet at the Lower Parking Area. For more information, please call Minnewaska at 845-255-0752. Pre-registration is required by visiting: www.ptny.org/ilovemypark.
Registration: Required
Sun 02 May
I Love My Park Day: Improving Signage and Trail Blazes at the Peter's Kill area of Minnewaska
Sunday, May 2, 2021 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Volunteers will work with New York-New Jersey Trail Conference members and Park Preserve staff to install posts with trail blazes on a currently unmarked section of trail. The goal is to clearly define the trail for hikers, reducing the risk of social paths developing as hikers search for the correct route. Volunteers will use posthole diggers and shovels to create the holes in which to insert the posts. Then, they will level the posts and fill the holes back in. If weather conditions allow, volunteers will also paint these posts. Some tasks will be physically demanding and may involve carrying, lifting and bending. It is recommended that volunteers bring work gloves, waterproof boots and clothes they don't mind getting dirty, as this project may be muddy and wet. Volunteers are also encouraged to bring their own tools. This family program is appropriate for children over the age of 13, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to five individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum of six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. Meet at the Lower Parking Area. For more information or questions, please call Minnewaska at 845-255-0752. Pre-registration is required by visiting: www.ptny.org/ilovemypark.
Registration: Required
Sun 02 May
I Love My Park Day: Bog Bridge Repair on the Jenny Lane Footpath at Minnewaska
Sunday, May 2, 2021 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Volunteers will be working with New York New-Jersey Trail Conference members and Park Preserve staff to repair a section of the bog bridge on the Jenny Lane Footpath. Volunteers will perform, and assist with, the following tasks: carrying lumber one half-mile on the Jenny Lane Footpath to the work site, removing broken boards, replacing broken boards, and carrying broken boards back to the project meeting point. Some tasks will be physically demanding and may involve carrying, lifting and bending as well as using hand tools, such as hammers, hand saws, cordless drills, and crow bars. It is recommended that volunteers bring work gloves, waterproof boots and clothes they don't mind getting dirty, as this project area may be muddy and wet. Volunteers are also encouraged to bring their own tools. This program is appropriate for children over the age of 13, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to five individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum of six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. Meet at the Lower Parking Area. For more information or questions, please call Minnewaska at 845-255-0752. Pre-registration is required by visiting: www.ptny.org/ilovemypark.
Registration: Required