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Mon 27 May
Tree Identification Hike on the Beacon Hill Loop at Minnewaska
Monday, May 27, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a casual hike along the Beacon Hill hiking loop to learn some of our more common trees. This approximately three-mile loop hike features easy walking carriage roads as well as a cliff-edge trail with lovely views of the Wallkill Valley and Catskill Mountains. 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 28 May
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, May 28, 2024 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Designed for both birding enthusiasts and those just looking to learn the basics, this weekly series will offer outings led by Nick Martin, Park Preserve Educator, or an experienced birding volunteer. Participants should bring binoculars, water, and wear hiking shoes or boots. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. Poor weather conditions will trigger a program cancellation. Participants will meet at the Lake Minnewaska entrance. Participants MUST arrive prior to the start of the program. The Park Preserve gates will be locked at 8:00 am. Late arrivals will NOT be allowed in the Park Preserve. The total number of participants for this program is limited to twenty-five individuals. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska entrance. For questions, please call 845-255-0752 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov This program is set up on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tue 28 May
Tuesday Trek: The Short and Scenic Route to Gertrude’s Nose at Minnewaska
Tuesday, May 28, 2024 09:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an adventurous, six-mile hike to Gertrude's Nose and back on the same route. This footpath, which traverses an escarpment edge, offers one of the most expansive views in Minnewaska. From our start at Lake Minnewaska, this route will follow Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road to Gertrude's Nose Footpath, which offers broad views of the Wallkill Valley, Taconic Mountains, and beyond. This modestly challenging hike includes a steep rock staircase, a few hills, and some tricky footing. Participants must bring water, snacks, and lunch and wear appropriate hiking shoes. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Thu 30 May
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Thursday, May 30, 2024 08:30 AM - 04:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Explore Shingle Gully, 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, approximately six-mile adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet. It includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. To register, please visit http://samspoint.eventbrite.com. Pre-registration deadline: May 25.
Registration: Required
Fri 31 May
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, May 31, 2024 08:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Are you interested in birds or birdwatching? Join Nick Martin, Park Preserve Educator, for bird walks starting at the Gardiner Library, every Friday during May. During this program, we will take an approximately one mile walk on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and wander through Majestic Park, which can be muddy and wet, especially after a rainfall. Participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes, bring binoculars, and a birding field guide, or field guide installed into a smart device. Interested participants are welcome to attend one or all Friday programs. The total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library, in the Lower Parking Area. No pre-registration is required. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov.
Sat 01 Jun
Bird Outing and Hike in the Former Awosting Reserve at Minnewaska
Saturday, June 1, 2024 08:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Park Educator, Nick Martin, for an approximately three-mile birding outing on the Awosting Reserve Access Road, a woods road in the southern part of Minnewaska. During this outing, we will be looking and listening for birds as we hike. Distractions by other natural curiosities, such as trees and flowers, are welcomed and encouraged. This woods road has continuous uphill sections, which may be challenging for some. The return trip will be all downhill. All participants should wear appropriate footwear and bring sufficient food and water to sustain themselves for the duration of the hike. Participants are also encouraged to bring binoculars if they have them. Meet at the Aumick Road parking area in Gardiner. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 01 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Saturday, June 1, 2024 09:45 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Explore Shingle Gully, 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, approximately six-mile adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet. It includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. To register, please visit http://samspoint.eventbrite.com. Pre-registration deadline: May 27.
Registration: Required
Sun 02 Jun
Hike around Lake Minnewaska and along the Cliff Edge Beacon Hill Loop
Sunday, June 2, 2024 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a 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 along the way for all the scenic vistas. Then, we'll hike the Beacon Hill Footpath, which follows along the top edge of an east-facing escarpment and offers 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. 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 04 Jun
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, June 4, 2024 07:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Designed for both birding enthusiasts and those just looking to learn the basics, this weekly series will offer outings led by Nick Martin, Park Preserve Educator, or an experienced birding volunteer. Participants should bring binoculars, water, and wear hiking shoes or boots. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. Poor weather conditions will trigger a program cancellation. Participants will meet at the Lake Minnewaska entrance. Participants MUST arrive prior to the start of the program. The Park Preserve gates will be locked at 7:00 am. Late arrivals will NOT be allowed in the Park Preserve. The total number of participants for this program is limited to twenty-five individuals. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska entrance. For questions, please call 845-255-0752 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov This program is set up on a first-come, first-served basis.
Fri 07 Jun
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, June 7, 2024 08:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Are you interested in birds or birdwatching? Join Nick Martin, Park Preserve Educator, for bird walks starting at the Gardiner Library, every Friday during June. During this program, we will take an approximately one mile walk on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and wander through Majestic Park, which can be muddy and wet, especially after a rainfall. Participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes, bring binoculars, and a birding field guide, or field guide installed onto a smart device. Interested participants are welcome to attend one or all Friday programs. The total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library, in the Lower Parking Area. No pre-registration is required. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov
Fri 07 Jun
Mindfulness Woods Walk Series with Jane Dobson at Minnewaska
Friday, June 7, 2024 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Begin your day with peace of mind when you join Jane Dobson with Mind the Forest guides for a meditative walk in the beautiful forest at Minnewaska. Join any one or all of the classes in this series as we use mindful nature connection to explore themes of embodiment, species loneliness and relationship, reciprocity and gratitude, and our relationship with time. Inspired by the Japanese practice of Forest Bathing, this guided experience is more of a saunter than a hike or exercise. We'll shift from our thinking minds, where we spend most of our time, to our direct experience of the present moment through our senses. This type of mindful nature connection brings a host of mental and physical health benefits to us, including reduced levels of our stress hormone cortisol, reduced anxiety and improved mood, focus and sleep. This free program is open to participants over the age of 16 years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18 years old. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752. The meeting location will be provided on registration.
Registration: Required
Fri 07 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Friday, June 7, 2024 10:45 AM - 06:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Explore Shingle Gully, 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, approximately six-mile adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet. It includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. To register, please visit http://samspoint.eventbrite.com. Pre-registration deadline: June 2.
Registration: Required
Sat 08 Jun
Slow-Paced Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Saturday, June 8, 2024 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Explore Shingle Gully, 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 slow-paced, all-day, strenuous, approximately six-mile adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet. It includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. To register, please visit http://samspoint.eventbrite.com. Pre-registration deadline: June 3.
Registration: Required
Sat 08 Jun
Learn about the Lichens of the Shawangunk Mountains at Minnewaska
Saturday, June 8, 2024 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join lichen photographer and Department of Environmental Conservation Steward, John Franklin, for a walk and talk on lichens, those amazing little organisms that we see growing on trees and rocks throughout the Park Preserve. We will walk up to two miles on carriage roads, stopping to discuss lichens along the way. This program is recommended for adults and children over the age of 12. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Please bring binoculars, a hand loupe, or a magnifying glass, if possible, to aid you in close-up observations of the lichens. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 09 Jun
Beautiful Blooms on Millbrook Mountain Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Sunday, June 9, 2024 09:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an approximately five-mile loop hike to Millbrook Mountain along the Lake Minnewaska and Millbrook Mountain Carriage Roads and Millbrook Mountain Footpath. Millbrook Mountain features cliff-edge, panoramic views of the Wallkill Valley and beyond. This route features countless blooming mountain laurel shrubs, whose showy, white and pink flowers brighten the surrounding forest. The footpath section of this route includes steep, rocky terrain and areas that are often wet, muddy and slippery, which may be challenging for some. Participants should come prepared with sturdy footwear with good traction and bring enough food and water for the hike. 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 11 Jun
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 07:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Designed for both birding enthusiasts and those just looking to learn the basics, this weekly series will offer outings led by Nick Martin, Park Preserve Educator, or an experienced birding volunteer. Participants should bring binoculars, water, and wear hiking shoes or boots. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. Poor weather conditions will trigger a program cancellation. Participants will meet at the Lake Minnewaska entrance. Participants MUST arrive prior to the start of the program. The Park Preserve gates will be locked at 7:00 am. Late arrivals will NOT be allowed in the Park Preserve. The total number of participants for this program is limited to twenty-five individuals. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska entrance. For questions, please call 845-255-0752 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov This program is set up on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tue 11 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 08:30 AM - 04:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Explore Shingle Gully, 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, approximately six-mile adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet. It includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. To register, please visit http://samspoint.eventbrite.com. Pre-registration deadline: June 6.
Registration: Required
Fri 14 Jun
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, June 14, 2024 08:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Are you interested in birds or birdwatching? Join Nick Martin, Park Preserve Educator, for bird walks starting at the Gardiner Library, every Friday during June. During this program, we will take an approximately one mile walk on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and wander through Majestic Park, which can be muddy and wet, especially after a rainfall. Participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes, bring binoculars, and a birding field guide, or field guide installed onto a smart device. Interested participants are welcome to attend one or all Friday programs. The total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library, in the Lower Parking Area. No pre-registration is required. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov
Fri 14 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Friday, June 14, 2024 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Explore Shingle Gully, 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, approximately six-mile adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet. It includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. To register, please visit http://samspoint.eventbrite.com. Pre-registration deadline: June 9.
Registration: Required
Sat 15 Jun
Mossy Glen, Jenny Lane, and Lower Awosting Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Saturday, June 15, 2024 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately four-and-a-half-mile-long hike along three footpaths and one carriage road. We'll begin our journey along the Mossy Glen, Blueberry Run, and Jenny Lane footpaths and return on Lower Awosting Carriage Road, which is an easy meander. Along the way we'll look for blooming mountain laurel flowers. The footpaths may be wet or muddy and there are also sections that are rocky and uphill, which some people may find challenging. Participants are encouraged to wear sturdy, waterproof boots. Meet at the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 15 Jun
Lake Awosting Beach Opens for the Weekend
Saturday, June 15, 2024 11:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
The swimming beach at Lake Awosting will open today, for this weekend only. The swimming beach will be open seven days per week through Labor Day starting the following Saturday, June 24, staff and weather permitting. This beach, which is located approximately four miles, by foot or bike, from the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center, features a smooth rock slab beach on the remote and beautiful Lake Awosting.
Sat 15 Jun
Lake Minnewaska Beach Opens for the Season
Saturday, June 15, 2024 11:15 AM - 06:45 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
The beach at Lake Minnewaska will open today for the swimming season. The small beach, which is located along the northwestern shore of Lake Minnewaska, will be open seven days per week until Labor Day, staff and weather permitting.
Sun 16 Jun
Mountain Laurel Flowers Hike on Mossy Glen Footpath at Minnewaska
Sunday, June 16, 2024 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a four-mile round trip hike along the quietly babbling Peter's Kill stream and through the cool hemlock forests and tropical-feeling rhododendron stands of the Mossy Glen Footpath. This is the time of year when the gorgeous pink and white blossoms of the mountain laurel bushes typically bloom, and this route showcases many of these showy shrubs. This trail does include some tricky footing, but the section of the trip that follows the Lower Awosting Carriage Road is an easy stroll. Meet at the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Tue 18 Jun
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 07:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Designed for both birding enthusiasts and those just looking to learn the basics, this weekly series will offer outings led by Nick Martin, Park Preserve Educator, or an experienced birding volunteer. Participants should bring binoculars, water, and wear hiking shoes or boots. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. Poor weather conditions will trigger a program cancellation. Participants will meet at the Lake Minnewaska entrance. Participants MUST arrive prior to the start of the program. The Park Preserve gates will be locked at 7:00 am. Late arrivals will NOT be allowed in the Park Preserve. The total number of participants for this program is limited to twenty-five individuals. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska entrance. For questions, please call 845-255-0752 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov This program is set up on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tue 18 Jun
Tuesday Trek: Beautiful Blooms on Millbrook Mountain Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 09:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an approximately five-mile loop hike to Millbrook Mountain along the Lake Minnewaska and Millbrook Mountain Carriage Roads and the Millbrook Mountain Footpath. Millbrook Mountain features cliff-edge, panoramic views of the Wallkill Valley and beyond. This route features countless blooming mountain laurel shrubs, whose showy, white and pink flowers brighten the surrounding forest. The footpath section of this route includes steep, rocky terrain and areas that are often wet, muddy and slippery, which may be challenging for some. Participants should come prepared with sturdy footwear with good traction and bring enough food and water for the hike. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Wed 19 Jun
Hike through a Forest of Flowers on Beacon Hill at Minnewaska
Wednesday, June 19, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a morning hike to see the gorgeous, pink and white blooms of the mountain laurel bushes. Our route will follow the Beacon Hill Carriage Road, which features a gorgeous Catskills viewpoint, to reach the Beacon Hill Footpath. From here, we'll hike along the cliff-edge of the Beacon Hill Footpath, through the cool woods amidst a riot of blooming mountain laurel, before continuing along the scenic Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road. This moderate, three-mile-long hike does include some cliffs and hills. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Wed 19 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Wednesday, June 19, 2024 09:45 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Explore Shingle Gully, 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, approximately six-mile adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet. It includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. To register, please visit http://samspoint.eventbrite.com. Pre-registration deadline: June 14.
Registration: Required
Thu 20 Jun
Homeschoolers at Minnewaska: June Bloom
Thursday, June 20, 2024 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
As flowers begin blooming around Minnewaska, we will take a meandering walk through the Lake Minnewaska area to identify different flora and discuss biodiversity at the Park Preserve. Students will get a chance to engage almost all of their senses as we discuss the anatomy of the flower, their role in the ecosystem, and the importance of pollination and preservation. A fun art activity will be offered throughout our hike to further immerse students in this beautiful and educational experience. This program is recommended for children between the ages of seven to twelve years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Well-behaved younger siblings are always welcome. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Fri 21 Jun
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, June 21, 2024 08:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Are you interested in birds or birdwatching? Join Nick Martin, Park Preserve Educator, for bird walks starting at the Gardiner Library, every Friday during June. During this program, we will take an approximately one mile walk on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and wander through Majestic Park, which can be muddy and wet, especially after a rainfall. Participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes, bring binoculars, and a birding field guide, or field guide installed onto a smart device. Interested participants are welcome to attend one or all Friday programs. The total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library, in the Lower Parking Area. No pre-registration is required. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov
Sat 22 Jun
Mountain Laurel Hike on Hamilton Point Carriage Road and Rainbow Falls Footpath at Minnewaska
Saturday, June 22, 2024 09:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately eight-mile-long outing to Hamilton Point and beyond, traveling on a combination of picturesque carriage roads and footpaths. This hike will take participants on the Lake Minnewaska, Hamilton Point, Castle Point, and Upper Awosting Carriage Roads and Rainbow Falls Footpath. Highlights of the hike include numerous panoramic views of the Wallkill Valley, interesting rock formations, and mountain laurel flowers in bloom. The footpath has some steep and rocky sections with narrow footing as well as two, short, rock scrambles, which some may find challenging. All participants should wear appropriate footwear and bring sufficient food and water to sustain themselves for the duration of the hike. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 23 Jun
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Sunday, June 23, 2024 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Explore Shingle Gully, 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, approximately six-mile adventure ascends and descends 1,500 feet. It includes off-trail bushwhacking and steep rock scrambles, and is only appropriate for experienced hikers. To register, please visit http://samspoint.eventbrite.com. Pre-registration deadline: June 18.
Registration: Required
Sun 23 Jun
Creativity Walk to Echo Rock at Minnewaska
Sunday, June 23, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Bring a journal or a sketchbook and any other art materials you can comfortably carry for a three-mile walk to the scenic Echo Rock with Josh Grosse, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Environmental Educator. Along the way, we will discuss notable artists, photographers, and writers who have been inspired by the Shawangunk Ridge's myriad beauties and wonders. We will talk about basic artistic concepts like composition and color theory and do a practice exercise or two to gain hands-on experience with these principles. After reaching Echo Rock, we will soak in the panoramic view that boasts exciting geological formations, a ravine filled with old growth trees and a beaver pond, and the bright green foliage of early summer. We will take some time to create our own artwork, with optional prompts provided by Josh, before making our return trip to the Visitor Center. Some art supplies will be offered by Minnewaska, but you are welcome to bring your own. 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 25 Jun
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, June 25, 2024 07:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Designed for both birding enthusiasts and those just looking to learn the basics, this weekly series will offer outings led by Nick Martin, Park Preserve Educator, or an experienced birding volunteer. Participants should bring binoculars, water, and wear hiking shoes or boots. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. Poor weather conditions will trigger a program cancellation. Participants will meet at the Lake Minnewaska entrance. Participants MUST arrive prior to the start of the program. The Park Preserve gates will be locked at 7:00 am. Late arrivals will NOT be allowed in the Park Preserve. The total number of participants for this program is limited to twenty-five individuals. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska entrance. For questions, please call 845-255-0752 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov This program is set up on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tue 25 Jun
Tuesday Trek: High Peter’s Kill and Awosting Falls Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Tuesday, June 25, 2024 09:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Come explore the picturesque High Peter's Kill Footpath with Josh Grosse, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Environmental Educator, on this approximately four-and-a-half-mile hike. We'll start by walking downhill on the High Peter's Kill Footpath, which features a variety of terrain along a cliff edge with numerous, scenic viewpoints. We'll follow this until we reach the Yellow Connector Footpath, which hugs the frothing edges of the Peter's Kill stream. We'll hike up the east spur of the Red Loop Footpath and take a short break at the Peter's Kill restrooms. For our return trip, we'll walk along the easy-going Awosting Falls Carriage Road, past the beautiful and iconic Awosting Falls. This hike does include rocky, narrow and steep sections of trail that may be challenging for some. Participants should bring enough water and food for the outing and wear proper hiking shoes. Meet in the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Fri 28 Jun
Birding at the Gardiner Library
Friday, June 28, 2024 08:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Are you interested in birds or birdwatching? Join Nick Martin, Park Preserve Educator, for bird walks starting at the Gardiner Library, every Friday during June. During this program, we will take an approximately one mile walk on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and wander through Majestic Park, which can be muddy and wet, especially after a rainfall. Participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes, bring binoculars, and a birding field guide, or field guide installed onto a smart device. Interested participants are welcome to attend one or all Friday programs. The total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library, in the Lower Parking Area. No pre-registration is required. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255 or email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov
Fri 28 Jun
Mindfulness Woods Walk Series with Jane Dobson at Minnewaska
Friday, June 28, 2024 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Begin your day with peace of mind when you join Jane Dobson with Mind the Forest guides for a meditative walk in the beautiful forest at Minnewaska. Join any one or all of the classes in this series as we use mindful nature connection to explore themes of embodiment, species loneliness and relationship, reciprocity and gratitude, and our relationship with time. Inspired by the Japanese practice of Forest Bathing, this guided experience is more of a saunter than a hike or exercise. We'll shift from our thinking minds, where we spend most of our time, to our direct experience of the present moment through our senses. This type of mindful nature connection brings a host of mental and physical health benefits to us, including reduced levels of our stress hormone cortisol, reduced anxiety and improved mood, focus and sleep. This free program is open to participants over the age of 16 years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18 years old. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752. The meeting location will be provided on registration.
Registration: Required
Sat 29 Jun
Millbrook Mountain Hike at Minnewaska
Saturday, June 29, 2024 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately five-mile hike to Millbrook Mountain and back along the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, Millbrook Mountain Footpath, and Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road. Millbrook Mountain is one of many scenic vistas within Minnewaska and offers one of the most expansive views in the Park Preserve, from a cliff-top perch. Raptors are often seen gliding below and above. The footpath sections of this hike include uneven, rocky terrain, a stream crossing, wet areas, and other challenges that some might find difficult. All participants should come prepared with appropriate footwear and clothing and enough food and water to sustain themselves for the duration of the outing. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 30 Jun
Reflections at Rainbow Falls at Minnewaska
Sunday, June 30, 2024 09:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Josh Grosse, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Environmental Educator, for a peaceful, six-mile hike to the iconic Rainbow Falls. Participants will meet at the Lower Parking Area, where we will select a nature themed meditation card, setting a mindful intention for our journey. Our hike will begin on Mossy Glen Footpath — a meandering trail lined with lush mountain laurel that crisscrosses the babbling Peter's Kill. We will then take a short, uphill stretch of Blueberry Run Footpath to connect with Upper Awosting Carriage Road. Then, we will walk to the upper entrance of the Rainbow Falls Footpath, which features a natural staircase descending into a sea of greenery. As we arrive at Rainbow Falls, we will take time to reflect on our meditation card while enjoying the calming sound and cool mist offered by the waterfall. Our return trip will continue along the remainder of Rainbow Falls Footpath, which features a moderate rock scramble. We will connect with Lower Awosting Carriage Road, which we will follow until we reach our starting point at the Lower Parking Area. Some sections of trail may be muddy and wet. Participants are highly encouraged to wear hiking boots and bring plenty of food and water. You may also bring a journal and writing utensil to assist in your reflections. Meet at the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Thu 05 Sep
Homeschoolers at Minnewaska: Eyes to the Sky: Raptors and Vultures
Thursday, September 5, 2024 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Many birds call Minnewaska home, including impressive birds of prey and fascinating scavengers. In this homeschool program, we will observe these important animals both up close and from afar. We will discuss their roles in the ecosystem, from carnivores at the top of the food chain to the vulture's equally valuable job as nature's cleanup crew. After our lesson, we will walk up to a beautiful view on the east side of Lake Minnewaska, where we will play a game and look for large groups of migrating hawks and soaring vultures using binoculars. This program is recommended for children between the ages of seven to twelve years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Well-behaved younger siblings are always welcome. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Thu 17 Oct
Homeschoolers at Minnewaska: Fall Foliage
Thursday, October 17, 2024 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
As autumn is ushered in, Minnewaska's green landscape becomes peppered with flecks of red, yellow, and orange. Excellent views of the surrounding valleys are matched by equally amazing educational opportunities. We will start this lesson in the Visitor Center, where each student will use a leaf press booklet to create their own identification guide. We'll use this tool as we take a two-to-three-mile hike along one of the Park Preserve's many carriage roads. We will make friends with trees, getting to know them by touch, smell, and sight. We'll also hear their story about how they grew from seed to adult, before giving them a big hug. We will also play some leaf matching games to try out our identification skills! This program is recommended for children between the ages of seven to twelve years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Well-behaved younger siblings are always welcome. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Wed 06 Nov
Homeschoolers at Minnewaska: Mosses, Mushrooms, and Lichen
Wednesday, November 6, 2024 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
With the last of the trees shedding their leaves, late autumn begins to feel like a time of grayness and death. However, not everything gets the memo. Join Josh Grosse, Student Conservation Association/Americorps Environmental Educator, as we dive into the exceptional world of mosses, lichens, and mushrooms. We will discuss the role of each organism in the ecosystem, and why their rebellious greenness and growth persists into the cold months. Our discussion will be followed by an appreciation walk, where we will look at examples of each and make close observations using magnifying glasses. This program is recommended for children between the ages of seven to twelve years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Well-behaved younger siblings are always welcome. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required