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Sat 20 Jul
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Saturday, July 20, 2019 12:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Explore the Shingle Gully Ice 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 adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet, includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Pre-registration deadline: July 15th.
Registration: Required
Sun 21 Jul
Grow Your Own Mushrooms Workshop at Sam’s Point
Sunday, July 21, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join us for this hands-on workshop and learn how to grow your own edible mushrooms! During the program we will discuss how native fungi function in the ecosystem. Then, we will learn about the processes of both indoor and outdoor mushroom cultivation through a hands-on workshop. We will be inoculating logs for outdoor cultivation, as well as inoculating containers to be grown inside your home. Once completed, the logs and containers are yours to bring home where you can watch them flourish. This program is open to all ages and experience levels. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam’s Point at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Sat 27 Jul
Geology Hike to the Ice Caves at Sam’s Point
Saturday, July 27, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join Christina Seymour, Student Conservation Association Intern, on this interpretive hike through the Ice Caves at Sam’s Point. Learn about how these fascinating crevices formed, while you cool off in their natural air conditioning! Along the way to the Ice Caves you will see evidence of the wildfire that burned 2,028 acres through the Park Preserve and surrounding lands in April 2016. It is captivating to see what is growing after the fire, and Christina would love to tell you all about it. This hike is three miles roundtrip, with two-and-a-half miles on carriage roads and a half mile on a footpath that includes stone stairs, two small ladders, and boardwalk sections. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal 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
Sat 03 Aug
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Saturday, August 3, 2019 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Explore the Shingle Gully Ice 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 adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet, includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Pre-registration deadline: July 29th.
Registration: Required