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Wed 06 Nov
Sam’s Point Gallery: The Hudson Valley from an Artist’s View, Exhibit and Art Sale
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 until Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Beginning on November 6th and continuing through the end of December, the Gallery at Sam's Point will be showing a collection of paintings and prints created by local artists. This exciting show will depict scenes of local areas, flora, and fauna. These works are donated from a private collection, being offered for the first time. They are priced moderately for holiday gift giving. The sale of these works will benefit local food pantries. Start your collection of scenes of the Hudson Valley by purchasing one of these outstanding works. Pre-registration is not required.

Sat 23 Nov
Hike to Verkeerder Kill Falls at Sam’s Point
Saturday, November 23, 2019 10:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join Laura Davis Kennedy, Interpretive Ranger and Research Coordinator, 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. 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 07 Dec
Hike to Indian Rock at Sam’s Point
Saturday, December 7, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join a Sam’s Point Ranger for an interpretive hike to Indian Rock. We’ll hike past the scenic vista at the Sam’s Point Overlook and then make our way around Lake Maratanza. At Indian Rock, we’ll enjoy beautiful views of the Catskill Mountains. During this almost five-mile hike, we’ll traverse woods, roads and a rocky footpath that crosses a bog bridge. Most of the terrain is fairly level with some short steep sections. Please bring a lunch, water, and appropriate clothing for the weather. 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 14 Dec
Free Nature Craft at Cragsmoor Free Library
Saturday, December 14, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join Laura Davis Kennedy, Sam’s Point Interpretive Ranger, at the Cragsmoor Free Library, to make a snack that will help energize the birds in your backyard as the colder weather sets in. We’ll use pine cones, peanut butter, and bird seed to make a delicious bird treat that you can hang in trees where you live. After making your bird treat, gather some delicious treats for yourself at the Library’s Cookie Walk! Proceeds from cookie sales benefit the Cragsmoor Free Library. Pre-registration is NOT required. For questions contact Nancy Krum, Library Director, at 845-647-4611 or by emailing nancy@cragsmoorfreelibrary.info.
Sat 21 Dec
Project FeederWatch Drop-In Program at Sam’s Point
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

At 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Become a Citizen Scientist and help us learn more about the beautiful birds that visit the feeders at the Sam’s Point Visitor Center. At the end of winter, we will send our data to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to help other scientists learn about these birds as well. Using binoculars, we will observe birds and learn how to identify them as they visit our feeders. Then, we will make pinecone/peanut butter bird feeders for you to take home so you can continue your observations in your own yard. This program is recommended for beginner and experienced bird watchers of all ages. 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 NOT required.

Sun 22 Dec
Loop around the Lake for Families at Sam’s Point
Sunday, December 22, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join us for this three-mile hike to view magnificent Lake Maratanza. 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. 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
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike at Sam's Point
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Begin the new year with a First Day Hike at Sam’s Point! What better way to start off 2020 than with an invigorating snowshoe outing for the entire family? Join us for an approximately three mile trek through the scenic park preserve. 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. If renting snowshoes, please arrive early. 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