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Junior Naturalists for Families at Minnewaska: Wilderness Skills Adventure Hike

Wednesday, July 31, 2024 09:30 AM - 03:00 PM

If your child is interested in learning about how to properly prepare for and carry out a hike, come along with SCA/AmeriCorps Environmental Educator, Josh Grosse, for this exciting program. Our day will begin with a fun, interactive game that teaches participants how to properly pack for a safe day on the trail. Afterward, we'll take a five-mile hike to Millbrook Mountain and back, taking two carriage roads and one moderately challenging footpath. Along the way, we will practice using orienteering tools, like maps and compasses, with another interactive activity on the trail. Once we reach Millbrook Mountain, we will soak in the expansive view— where vultures can often be seen flying below— and eat our lunches together. From here, we'll head back to the Visitor Center to conclude our day. All participants should come properly prepared with lunch, snacks, plenty of water, and appropriate clothing and footwear. Please note, the footpath portion of this hike does include some steep and potentially slippery sections that some may find challenging. This program is recommended for children between the ages of nine to thirteen years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Well-behaved younger siblings are always welcome, so long as they can hike the full distance. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.

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