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Sun 14 Aug
Drop-In Birding at Sam’s Point
Sunday, August 14, 2022 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Join Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps member, Olivia Castaneda, in celebrating the opening of the newest portion of the New York State Birding Trail here at Sam's Point. Learn more about the birds of Sam's Point and get some birdwatching tips and tricks. Bring binoculars if you have them. This program is open to all ages. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration for this program is not required, however, reservations to get into Sam's Point on weekends are required. You can reserve a parking spot through Reserve America New York: https://bit.ly/3uPj21L
Mon 15 Aug
Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves
Monday, August 15, 2022 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
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: August 10.
Registration: Required
Sat 20 Aug
Drop-In Ice Caves Tours at Sam’s Point
Saturday, August 20, 2022 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Join Park Preserve Staff every half hour, starting at 10:00 a.m., for a guided tour of the Sam's Point Ice Caves. You'll get the inside scoop on how the Ice Caves were formed, as well as their cultural history. This program is recommended for anyone age six and older, with all children accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the entrance to the Ice Caves. Pre-registration for this program is not required, however, reservations to get into Sam's Point on weekends are required. You can reserve a parking spot through Reserve America New York: https://bit.ly/3uPj21L . Times are 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.