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Wed 14 Aug
Junior Naturalists for Families at Sam’s Point: Monarch Madness
Wednesday, August 14, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Join the Sam's Point Educators to learn about monarch caterpillars and butterflies. We will discuss their life cycle and look at caterpillars in the Sam's Point Gallery. After the lesson, we will play a monarch migration game to learn about the tremendous journey Monarchs take to get here. After the game, we will take a three-mile hike on Loop Road to look for milkweed, a favorite food of monarch caterpillars. With any luck, we may find some caterpillars on these plants. Younger and older siblings are always welcome, but very young naturalists may require some assistance. All participants should come well prepared with appropriate footwear, food, and water. 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 Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Sam's Point Visitor Center at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Thu 08 Aug
Junior Naturalists for Families at Sam’s Point: Snakes of Sam's Point
Thursday, August 8, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Come learn about the wonderful world of snakes with Colleen Stevens, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Environmental Education Intern. The program will start off at the Sam's Point Visitor Center with a lesson on the different species of snakes that live in our area. We will discuss typical snake habitat, venomous species and much more. After the lesson, we will hike out on Loop Road with high hopes of experiencing snakes in their natural habitat! This three-mile hike is mildly challenging, with some steep sections. Plan to bring food and lots of water and we'll have lunch on the trail. This program is recommended for families of all ages who are capable of hiking this distance and terrain. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Sam's Point Visitor Center at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Wed 07 Aug
Adult Learning Summer Series: Tree Talk with Taylor at Sam’s Point
Wednesday, August 7, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Join Taylor Pazderski, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Ecosystem Steward, for a three-mile walk and talk lesson on the globally rare dwarf pitch pines and other vegetation found in the Park Preserve. We will talk about Sam's Point's unique fire dependent ecosystems and the plant species that live within them. This walk will include stops to see evidence of a previous forest fire at Sam's Point and a wonderful variety of different trees, shrubs, and flowers, and plants. This hike will take place on Loop Road, a recently restored carriage road. Loop Road does have some uphill and downhill portions that can be steep at times. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Sam's Point Visitor Center at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Wed 07 Aug
Junior Naturalists for Families at Sam’s Point: Hike to the Ice Caves
Wednesday, August 7, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Join Becca Howe-Parisio, Park Educator, for an adventurous hike to the Ice Caves at Sam's Point, where the air is always a comfortable 55 degrees Fahrenheit, even during the height of the summer heat. This nearly four-mile hike includes one steep hill on a carriage road, but the reward of walking through the cool, dark, talus cave is worth the effort. While in the cave, educators will explain the geology of this unique natural area and why it's so special. The footpath section of this outing does include two primitive ladders and a steep stone staircase, which some may find challenging. Plan to bring food and lots of water and we'll have lunch on the trail. This program is recommended for families of all ages who are capable of hiking this distance and terrain. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Sam's Point Visitor Center at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Wed 31 Jul
Adult Learning Summer Series: Snakes of Sam's Point
Wednesday, July 31, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Come learn about the wonderful world of snakes with Colleen Stevens, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Environmental Education Intern. The program will start off at the Sam's Point Visitor Center with a presentation on the different species of snakes that live in our area. We will discuss typical snake habitat, venomous species and much more. After the presentation, we will hike out on the Indian Rock Footpath with high hopes of experiencing snakes in their natural habitat! This five-mile hike is mildly challenging, starting on Loop Road, then hiking on a footpath with steep and rocky terrain. Individuals may attend just the presentation if they are uncomfortable with the hiking portion of the program. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Sam's Point Visitor Center at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Fri 05 Jul
Adult Learning Summer Series: Ice Caves Geology Walk and Talk at Sam’s Point
Friday, July 5, 2024 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Join Becca Howe-Parisio, Geologist and Sam's Point Educator, for a walk through the historic Ice Caves, where the air temperatures remain cool and comfortable all summer and a large chunk of ice rests beneath the boardwalk trail. If you've ever been curious about how this nationally recognized, natural landmark formed, this program is for you! While on this three-mile walk, Becca will offer a lesson on the unique geology of the entire Sam's Point area, including other visible geologic features, such as glacial evidence and extinct faults. This hike will take place on a series of carriage roads and footpaths which include a somewhat steep hill and some rocky terrain. Good mobility is required for this hike as there are also two ladders to climb. Meet at the Sam's Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Sam's Point Visitor Center at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required