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Sat 26 May
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Saturday, May 26, 2018 09:30 AM
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: May 21st.

Registration: Required
Sat 26 May
Leave No Trace Principles for Families at Sam’s Point
Saturday, May 26, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Have you ever heard the abbreviation "LNT" and wondered what it means? LNT stands for Leave No Trace and is comprised of seven principles designed by The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. At this family-friendly program, you will learn how to protect the outdoors as we teach you and your friends and family how to enjoy it responsibly. We will discuss and practice the seven principles of outdoor ethics to ensure that we leave no trace on the lands that we love! This program will take place rain or shine and is recommended for adults and children over the age of seven 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 27 May
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Sunday, May 27, 2018 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: May 22nd.

Registration: Required
Fri 01 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Friday, June 1, 2018 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: May 27th.
Registration: Required
Sat 02 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Saturday, June 2, 2018 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: May 28th.
Registration: Required
Sat 02 Jun
National Trails Day at Sam’s Point
Saturday, June 2, 2018 09:30 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Come join us at Sam’s Point to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act! As part of National Trails Day, we will be working on pulling invasive plants from along the sides of our trails. Removal of these species is a very important step in protecting the globally rare ecosystem found here. All necessary training and tools will be provided. If you have your own work gloves, which you prefer to use, please bring them. Please make sure to bring enough water to last the day (at least 2 liters), snacks, and a lunch. After the work day is over, please feel free to continue to celebrate National Trails Day by hiking our wonderful trails! This volunteer opportunity is appropriate for adults and children who are at least eight years old, 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.
Sat 09 Jun
National Get Outdoors Day at Sam's Point
Saturday, June 9, 2018 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Live Birds of Prey Drop-In Program at Sam's Point: Have you ever been so close to a hawk that you could see how sharp its talons are? Have you ever been so close to an owl that you could see what color eyes it has? Now is your chance! Join Annie Mardiney, wildlife rehabilitator for Wild Mountain Birds, and Laura Davis, Sam's Point Interpretive Ranger, to see and learn about these fascinating raptors. Stop by the picnic area near the Visitor Center to see a variety of live education birds. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Pre-registration is NOT required.

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Introduction to Bird Identification Drop-In Program at Sam's Point: Join Jessika Reker, Student Conservation Association/Americorps Member, to learn how to identify the birds you can see from the Sam's Point Overlook. Binoculars and a scope will be available for your use during the program. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Pre-registration is NOT required.