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Tue 06 Dec
Tuesday Trek: Awosting Falls Winter Walk at Minnewaska
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
The best prescription to cure cabin fever is to get outside and enjoy the wonders of winter. Get a taste of the cure by joining Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an approximately two-and-a-half-mile-long walk along the charming Awosting Falls Carriage Road. Leaving from the Peter's Kill Area, our route will take us on a slight uphill grade past a towering rock formation and along the Peter's Kill stream, before reaching our destination, the iconic 65-foot tall Awosting Falls. If conditions are icy, participants are encouraged to bring Micro Spikes or other ice traction devices. They should also dress appropriately for the cold and bring food and water. Meet at the Peter's Kill Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Fri 09 Dec
Nature Walk at the Gardiner Library
Friday, December 9, 2022 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for a nature walk starting at the Gardiner Library. During this program, we will take an approximately one mile walk on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and wander through Majestic Park, which may be muddy and wet from rain or morning dew. On this slow-paced walk, we will be looking at whatever natural curiosities intrigue the group, from birds to trees. Participants are encouraged to dress warmly in layers, wear warm boots or shoes and bring binoculars. In case of a poor weather cancellation, this program will be offered instead on December 16. The total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library lower parking area, near the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and electric charging station. To register for the program please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255.  For more information about the program you can call the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov.
Registration: Required
Sat 10 Dec
Peter’s Kill Area Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Saturday, December 10, 2022 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately two-and-a-half-mile hike in the Peter's Kill Area. From the parking area, we will hike on the Red Loop, Bullwheel, and High Peter's Kill Footpaths to reach a scenic vista looking toward the Rondout Valley. After we have taken in the view, we'll continue on the High Peter's Kill, Yellow Connector, and Red Loop Footpaths to create a loop and return to our starting point. Portions of this hike include sustained uphill sections and wet, uneven surfaces that some may find challenging. Participants are encouraged to bring Micro Spikes or other ice traction devices and to dress appropriately for the cold. Meet at the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Sun 11 Dec
Scenic Meadows to Kempton Ledge Hike at Minnewaska
Sunday, December 11, 2022 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an approximately six-mile hike on four historic carriage roads and one footpath. Starting from the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center, we will hike a short section of the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road and continue on the Upper Awosting Carriage Road until we intersect the Meadows footpath. Then, we'll continue walking through sections of the former Lake Minnewaska resort's apple orchard and golf course until we intersect Castle Point Carriage Road. We'll continue on this carriage road until we arrive at Kempton Ledge, a scenic vista that overlooks the Palmaghatt Ravine. Returning along the Castle Point Carriage Road until we intersect the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, we'll continue walking west to east around the Lake, stopping to admire all the scenic views until we return to the Visitor Center. If conditions are icy, participants are encouraged to bring Micro Spikes or other ice traction devices and to dress appropriately for the cold. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Tue 13 Dec
Tuesday Trek: Mossy Glen Meander at Minnewaska
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, will lead this three-and-a-half-mile hike that will follow along the edges of the Peter's Kill, a gently gurgling stream that runs through cool hemlock forests and perennially green rhododendron stands along the Mossy Glen Footpath. This trail does include some tricky footing, including potentially slippery rocks and exposed tree roots, but the other half of this route, which follows along the Lower Awosting Carriage Road, is an easy stroll. Participants are encouraged to bring Micro Spikes or other ice traction devices and to dress appropriately for the cold. Meet at the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 18 Dec
Mossy Glen Meander at Minnewaska
Sunday, December 18, 2022 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, will lead this three-and-a-half-mile hike that will follow along the edges of the Peter's Kill, a gently gurgling stream that runs through cool hemlock forests and perennially green, rhododendron stands along the Mossy Glen Footpath. This trail does include some tricky footing, including potentially slippery rocks and exposed tree roots, but the other half of this route, which follows along the Lower Awosting Carriage Road, is an easy stroll. Participants are encouraged to bring Micro Spikes or other ice traction devices and to dress appropriately for the cold. Meet at the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Tue 20 Dec
Tuesday Trek: Two Scenic Views Hike in the Peter’s Kill area of Minnewaska
Tuesday, December 20, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a stimulating and refreshing two-mile hike to two scenic overlooks in the Peter's Kill Area, both of which feature stunning views in clear weather. While the distance is relatively short, there are a few moderate hills, which may be difficult for some. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet in the Peter's Kill Area. Participants are encouraged to bring Micro Spikes or other ice traction devices and to dress appropriately for the cold. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 24 Dec
Christmas Eve Hike to Echo Rock at Minnewaska
Saturday, December 24, 2022 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for a four-mile Christmas Eve hike to the scenic vista of Echo Rock. Leaving from the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center, we will walk only on historic carriage roads during this recreational program. We will take Lake Minnewaska, Millbrook Mountain, and Hamilton Point Carriage Roads to arrive at Echo Rock. This scenic vista is located on a cliff perched over the Palmaghatt Ravine, across the ravine from Patterson's Pellet. On a clear day, there are spectacular views from here. Our return trip will follow the same route, but we will make our way around the east side of Lake Minnewaska, enjoying the views around the Lake. In the event of snow on this date, this hike may be cancelled or rescheduled to another location. If ski trails are being groomed, this outing location will change. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Tue 27 Dec
Tuesday Trek: Scenic Winter Hike around Lake Minnewaska and along Beacon Hill
Tuesday, December 27, 2022 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an approximately three-mile hike along the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, Beacon Hill Footpath and Beacon Hill Carriage Road. We'll walk the picturesque route around the Lake from West to East, stopping to admire all the scenic views along our route. Then, we'll hike the Beacon Hill Footpath, which follows along the top edge of an east-facing escarpment and gets bathed in the warm, morning light. This walk will offer beautiful views of the Rondout and Wallkill Valleys below and the Catskill Mountains to the north. The carriage roads are relatively easy walking; however, the footpath does include some hills and tricky footing. If conditions are icy, participants are encouraged to bring Micro Spikes or other ice traction devices. If ski trails are being groomed, this outing location will change. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Sat 31 Dec
Fifth Annual Minnewaska-Shawangunk (NYMS) Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 31, 2022
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a bird census, first proposed in December 1900 by ornithologist Frank Chapman, as an alternative to the Christmas "Side Hunt", a popular 19th century sport that caused a decline in bird populations. Participants of the "Side Hunt" would form teams and whichever team killed the most birds won the Hunt. The first CBC was held on December 25, 1900, with 27 participants. The CBC is the oldest citizen science project in the United States, with this being its 123 year. Participants in the CBC spend the day listening, looking for, and counting birds within a predetermined area. Taking place between December 14 and January 5, the 5th annual NYMS (Minnewaska-Shawangunk) Christmas Bird Count circle will be joining the thousands of other circles in North America, Central America, South America, the Pacific, and Caribbean, in this winter tradition. Interested parties will be searching a 15-mile diameter circle for birds, which includes most of Minnewaska State Park Preserve.  
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike at Minnewaska: Frozen Waters
Sunday, January 1, 2023 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Welcome the new year with an invigorating hike to see the Peter's Kill stream as it rushes beneath an icy blanket of frozen water and snow. Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, as we hike first to the bridge across the Mossy Glen Footpath, where we will observe the icy cascades of the winter stream. Next, we'll retrace our steps and continue on to see Awosting Falls in all its winter glory. When conditions are cold enough, a volcano-like structure of ice forms beneath the waterfall. A constant stream of green water flows down the sides of this ice cone, carving out new routes along the icy base every few minutes. The total distance for this outing is approximately three miles on a combination of a footpath, which is more narrow, and wide carriage roads. Although the walking is mostly flat, surfaces may be very icy, so participants are encouraged to bring Micro Spikes or other ice traction devices and to dress appropriately for the cold. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Lower Parking Lot. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.