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Sun 30 Jun
Documentary Screening at Sam’s Point - Where Slavery Died Hard: The Forgotten History of Ulster County and the Shawangunk Mountain Region
Sunday, June 30, 2019 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Although most Americans remain unaware of slavery’s prevalence in the north, early New York was once a center of American slaveholding. In fact, by the mid-1700s, the region surrounding Sam’s Point and Minnewaska State Park had one of the state’s largest enslaved populations. You are invited to attend a screening of an award-winning documentary video that delves deeply into this hidden history, exploring the experiences of both enslaved and enslavers, as well as the present-day landscape that still holds visual evidence of their lives and labors. Sponsored by the Cragsmoor Historical Society and co-authored by archaeologists and historic preservation consultants Wendy E. Harris and Arnold Pickman, it is hoped that the documentary will help open dialogue on the historical impact of slavery and serve as a vehicle for understanding and reconciliation. Wendy E. Harris and Arnold Pickman will be present at this event to answer questions and delve further into this topic. 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 29 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Saturday, June 29, 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 primitive 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: June 24th.
Registration: Required
Thu 27 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Thursday, June 27, 2019 08:00 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 primitive 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: June 22nd.
Registration: Required
Mon 24 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Monday, June 24, 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: June 19th.
Registration: Required
Sun 23 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Sunday, June 23, 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: June 18th.
Registration: Required
Sat 22 Jun
Citizen Science Plant Hike at Sam’s Point
Saturday, June 22, 2019 10:30 AM - 12:30 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! In this program, you will learn all about phenology, the study of how plants and animals change throughout the seasons, while working as a citizen scientist to collect information about the plants in our park. We will be offering this hike once a month at Sam’s Point to monitor seasonal changes in plants along the Loop Road. Along this carriage road you will encounter a variety of flowers, ferns, shrubs and trees which change as you move up in elevation. This program is recommended for children eight years old and above, but everyone is welcome to join us. 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
Fri 21 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Friday, June 21, 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 primitive 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: June 16th.
Registration: Required
Sun 16 Jun
Father’s Day Loop Hike around the Lake for Families at Sam’s Point
Sunday, June 16, 2019 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join us for this three mile loop hike 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 we will sit on the shore to enjoy a mid-day picnic. 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
Sun 16 Jun
Father’s Day Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Sunday, June 16, 2019 10:30 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 primitive 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: June 11th.
Registration: Required