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School Break Family Program: Learn How the Mountains were made at Minnewaska

Monday, April 3, 2023 01:30 PM - 04:30 PM

Join Minnewaska's education staff to learn how powerful forces of nature shaped the landscape of the Shawanagunk Ridge. We'll begin with a discussion about the geological periods that created our common rocks, including shale, limestone, and the iconic Shawangunk quartz conglomerate. We'll learn how to identify clues left over from the glaciers that shaped this landscape, creating the dramatic white cliffs and sky lakes found here. We will then go for a hike around Lake Minnewaska, investigating the rock faces for glacial evidence, and take a walk out to Patterson's Pellet, a huge boulder that the glacier placed right on the cliff's edge! Complete with a scavenger hunt, you won't want to miss this fun, educational experience. The approximate total distance for this walk is four miles. This program is recommended for families with children between the ages of seven to twelve years old, but interested children of any age who are able to participate are welcome. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at least 18 years of age. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required

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