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Mon 01 Oct
Month of October: Landscape Paintings of New York, solo exhibit by Mitchell Saler at Sam’s Point
Monday, October 1, 2018 until Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Mitchell Saler is having a solo exhibit, Landscape Paintings of New York, at the Sam’s Point Visitor Center as the prize for winning First Place in the Plein Air Paint Out held at Sam’s Point. The show presents around 20 of his realistic oil paintings depicting scenes of nature in the state of New York. The landscapes are on view and for sale during the month of October. A portion of the proceeds from painting sales will go to help support Sam’s Point. A reception will be held Saturday, October 6 from 3 – 5 pm, where you can meet the artist and enjoy refreshments. In his paintings, he emphasizes vastness, dramatic lighting and atmospheric effects. He is inspired by the sublime Hudson River School landscapes. Mitchell Saler states, “I enjoy the beauty and variety of landscapes in New York and how they change with the seasons. Through painting and drawing, I experience meditative relaxation as well as exhilarating energy, and in my works, I balance tranquility with a majestic drama.” He is a board member of the Goshen Art League and the Wallkill River School, and also a member of the Orange County Arts Council, the Middletown Art Group and the Lower Hudson Valley Plein Air Painters. His website is www.mitchellsaler.com. Stop in to the Sam's Point Visitor Center to enjoy these beautiful paintings! Pre-Registration is NOT required.
Sat 20 Oct
Citizen Science Plant Hike at Sam’s Point
Saturday, October 20, 2018 02:00 PM - 04:30 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
Sun 21 Oct
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Sunday, October 21, 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: October 16th.

Registration: Required
Sun 28 Oct
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves – PHOTOGRAPHY EDITION!
Sunday, October 28, 2018 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Join other photographers to explore and photograph 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. This particular hike will move at a slower pace to allow you ample time to take that perfect picture. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989. Pre-registration deadline: October 23rd.
Registration: Required
Sun 28 Oct
Build a Bird Activity for Kids at Sam’s Point
Sunday, October 28, 2018 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Why do hawks have curved beaks? Why do herons have such long legs? Come learn about the amazing world of bird diversity, including hands on demonstrations of different bird adaptations. After the lesson, participants can mix and match beaks, wings, legs, and more to design and draw a bird of their very own! The possibilities are endless. 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