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Fri 29 Sep
Moon Viewing at Sam’s Point
Friday, September 29, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join members of the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association (MHAA) for an educational presentation on the history and characteristics of the moon, followed by moon viewing through a variety of telescopes. All the equipment will be provided by the members of MHAA, who will also be there to answer questions about the moon and astronomy. If conditions permit, viewing of planets or star clusters may also occur. If there is inclement weather, this program will be held on Saturday, September 30th. 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
Sat 30 Sep
National Public Lands Day Service Projects at Sam’s Point
Saturday, September 30, 2017 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Celebrate National Public Lands Day at Sam's Point! For this first year that we are offering this volunteer program, two distinct projects are planned as follows:

Trash Pickup Project: Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center, where you will be given garbage bags and gloves before ranging the Park for litter. This event is recommended for children over the age of eight, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18.

Barberry Pull Project: Japanese barberry is a prickly invasive plant that is quickly spreading in forests and fields around the country. Help Sam's Point staff prevent its invasion by removing plants from our forest. Interested volunteers will meet at Mt. Meenagha Rd (GPS address 172 Mt. Meenagha Road or GPS point 41.689097 N, -74.371475 W), where they will be met by Park staff. Removing barberry involves strenuous pulling and this project is best for physically fit individuals. It is highly recommended that participants wear long sleeves and long pants and pre-treat work clothes with bug spray. This event is recommended for teens over the age of 16, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18.

Please bring water, snacks and a lunch, and sturdy hiking shoes. All National Public Lands Day volunteers will receive a free day pass to participating federal public lands. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18.

Registration: Required