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Sat 12 Jun
Slow Paced Hike to the Shingle Gully Area
Saturday, June 12, 2021 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Explore the Shingle Gully Crevice Caves, where ice persists into summer in deep crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by Park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous approximately four-mile adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet, includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to 14 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. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Registration deadline: June 7th
Registration: Required
Sat 12 Jun
Hike to Verkeerder Kill Falls at Sam’s Point
Saturday, June 12, 2021 10:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join Rebecca Howe-Parisio, Interpretive Ranger, for a hike to Verkeerderkill Falls. Falling 187 feet over a dramatic rocky ledge, Verkeerderkill Falls is the highest waterfall in the Shawangunk Mountains. We'll walk through the dwarf pitch pines and enjoy views of the Hudson Valley below. While this five-and-a-half-mile hike does not have significant elevation gain, it does include some steep, rocky terrain and a stream crossing. Please bring a lunch, water, and appropriate clothing for the weather, including sturdy footwear. Children must be 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 12 individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Sun 13 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Area
Sunday, June 13, 2021 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Explore the Shingle Gully Crevice Caves, where ice persists into summer in deep crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by Park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous approximately four-mile adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet, includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to 14 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. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Registration deadline: June 8th
Registration: Required
Sun 13 Jun
Monthly Volunteer Day at Sam’s Point
Sunday, June 13, 2021 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join Dylan Medici, Student Conservation Association Ecosystem Stewardship Assistant, in giving some much-needed attention back to our beloved park through this series of monthly volunteer days. Every second Sunday of the month, volunteers will learn about tools and techniques for making and maintaining the trails at Sam's Point. Projects might include removing invasive species, trimming trees and shrubs, or crushing rocks. Dress appropriately for working outdoors: long pants and boots are highly recommended. Volunteers should also bring plenty of water, a lunch, and snacks. We will eat lunch on the trail. Safety equipment is provided by the Park but bringing your own is recommended. This program is appropriate for adults and children thirteen years and older, 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 15 individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Sat 19 Jun
Monthly Morning Story Time at Sam’s Point
Saturday, June 19, 2021 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Get cozy and listen to a great story, as part of our new monthly morning stories! June's story is "Meeting Trees" by Scott Russell Sanders. This illustrated book exemplifies just how special a walk in the woods with your father can be: perfect for Father's Day! After the reading, we will go on our own walk and play a tree I.D. game. This program is intended for early elementary learners, 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 15 individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Sat 19 Jun
Art in the Park at Sam’s Point
Saturday, June 19, 2021 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

June is a great time to see many flowers in bloom at the park. Join Rebecca Howe-Parisio, Interpretive Ranger for a relaxed three-mile walk to Lake Maratanza, where we will enjoy lunch and explore the Mountain Laurel blooming through the power of art. We will provide paper and crayons for drawing. Pack a lunch and we will sit on the shore to enjoy a mid-day picnic. This program is suitable for children between the ages of five to twelve years old, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to 15 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 Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Sun 20 Jun
Father’s Day Loop Walk for Families around Lake Maratanza at Sam’s Point
Sunday, June 20, 2021 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join Dylan Medici, Student Conservation Association Ecosystem Stewardship Assistant, for a three-mile loop walk to view magnificent Lake Maratanza. On our way to the Lake, 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. Pack a lunch and sit on the shore to enjoy a mid-day picnic. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to 15 individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Mon 21 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Area
Monday, June 21, 2021 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Explore the Shingle Gully Crevice Caves, where ice persists into summer in deep crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by Park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous approximately four-mile adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet, includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to 14 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. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Registration deadline: June 16th
Registration: Required
Fri 25 Jun
Observe the Changing Seasons at Sam’s Point
Friday, June 25, 2021 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

When do the flowers bloom? When do the leaves fall? We are very curious to find out! Be a scientist for the day and help Sam's Point Staff monitor seasonal changes in our plant communities. During this program we'll observe and identify blooming, fruiting, and budding native plants along a three-mile loop hike around Lake Maratanza. This program is recommended for children over the age of eight, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to 15 individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Sat 26 Jun
Wilderness Preparedness and Hiking Essentials at Sam’s Point
Saturday, June 26, 2021 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Want the low down on getting out? Get down to the nitty gritty on getting dirty with Sam's Point staff and learn tips and tricks to get the most out of your outdoor experience. Learn about the ten essential items to bring with you on a hike, how to pack a backpack, how to plan a trip, and how to be a responsible outdoors enthusiast. All ages are welcome to attend this program. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to 15 individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Sun 27 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Area
Sunday, June 27, 2021 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Explore the Shingle Gully Crevice Caves, where ice persists into summer in deep crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by Park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous approximately four-mile adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet, includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to 14 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. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Registration deadline: June 22nd.
Registration: Required
Wed 30 Jun
Geology Hike around Lake Maratanza at Sam’s Point
Wednesday, June 30, 2021 01:30 PM - 04:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join Becca Howe-Parisio, Interpretive Ranger, for this three-mile loop walk to view magnificent Lake Maratanza. On our way to the Lake, we will stop at the Sam's Point Overlook, where we will discover some features left by the last glaciers. At the lake, we will discuss the process of how it was formed. Pack a lunch and sit on the shore to enjoy a mid-day picnic. Children must be 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 12 individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Fri 02 Jul
Hike to the Shingle Gully Area
Friday, July 2, 2021 09:45 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Explore the Shingle Gully Crevice Caves, where ice persists into summer in deep crevice caves. These caves are in a backcountry area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by Park staff and volunteer docents. This all-day, strenuous approximately four-mile adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet, includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. 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. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Registration deadline: June 27th
Registration: Required