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Learn Your Leaves: Outstanding Oaks
Saturday, August 2, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Are you confused with tree terminology or the multitude of different kinds of trees? Then, this basic tree identification walk, which will focus on one family of trees, is made for you. As we take an approximately three-mile hike to Awosting Falls along the Awosting Falls Carriage Road, we will take a look at the outstanding oaks that call this Park Preserve home. This outing meets in the Peter's Kill Area.

Registration: Required
Thru Hike Rainbow Falls Footpath
Sunday, August 3, 2014 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join Sona Mason, West Hudson Program Coordinator for the New York New Jersey Trail Conference, along with Laura Conner, Minnewaska's Environmental Educator, for an approximately ten and a half mile long outing on the Rainbow Falls Footpath. We'll begin our hike on Mossy Glen Footpath and make our way over to the Rainbow Falls Footpath via Blueberry Run Footpath, Jenny Lane Footpath and Lower Awosting Carriage Road. Rainbow Falls Footpath showcases some of the more interesting and remote backcountry in the Park Preserve and concludes at the Castle Point Carriage Road. The hike will then follow this scenic carriage road back to Lake Minnewaska and down to the Awosting Parking Lot, where we began our day.

All participants must come prepared with the proper footwear, such as hiking boots, and enough food and water to sustain them all day long in the summer heat.

This hike is challenging! Please contact Sona Mason directly at smason@nynjtc.org or by calling her at (201) 512-9348 x16 to register.

Registration: Required
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 07:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Designed for birding enthusiasts or those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by experienced birding volunteers and naturalists. Participants will meet at the main Park Preserve entrance.

Participants should come prepared withbinoculars.

Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program.

Hike in the Peter's Kill Area
Saturday, August 9, 2014 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come explore the Peter's Kill Area on this approximately two mile loop hike. The footpath we will be following ascends some of the local terrain, culminating in views towards the Catskills. The remainder of the hike primarily follows along the edge of the Peter's Kill, a cool mountain stream that cuts through moss and lichen covered rock. This hike includes some moderate to challenging hills and rocky, uneven footing. Meet in the Peter's Kill Area.

Registration: Required
Mossy Glen Meander
Sunday, August 10, 2014 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

This three-mile hike follows along the quietly babbling edges of the Peter's Kill, a stream running through cool hemlock forests and tropical-feeling rhododendron stands along the Mossy Glen Footpath. This trail does include some tricky footing, including potentially slippery rocks and exposed tree roots, but the trip along the Lower Awosting Carriage Road is an easy stroll.

Registration: Required
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 07:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Designed for birding enthusiasts or those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by experienced birding volunteers and naturalists. Participants will meet at the main Park Preserve entrance every Tuesday morning.

Participants should come prepared with binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program.

Mine Hole Waterfall Hike
Saturday, August 16, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come discover and explore a portion of the often overlooked northwestern section of Minnewaska. This moderately challenging two mile hike leads to a small, but pristine waterfall, tucked away in the woods, that few people are aware of. While the distance is short, there are sections of trail with sustained, steep hills and some rocky footing.

Participants will meet at the Awosting Parking Area and may need to ride share, as trailhead parking is very limited. This will also limit the group size for this outing.

Registration: Required
Nature Journal for Children
Sunday, August 17, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Bring your child to the Nature Center to make their own nature journal. After the journals are made, we'll take a walk on trails near the Nature Center where children can look for leaves and other natural items to include in their book.

This program is for children between the ages of six to ten, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Siblings of any age are welcome to join us, but younger children may need parental assistance making their journal.

Registration: Required
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 07:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Designed for birding enthusiasts or those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by experienced birding volunteers and naturalists. Participants will meet at the main Park Preserve entrance every Tuesday morning.

Participants should come prepared with binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program.

Junior Naturalists: Natural Sculpture Making and Hike
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join Minnewaska park educators for a fun and adventurous day in the woods and along the edges of a cool stream. We'll hike the trails in the Peter's Kill area of the Park Preserve to reach the edges of the Peter's Kill stream. Once there, your children will have free time to play with rocks, branches and whatever else they find, making their own three dimensional art in the forest. Then, we'll hike the rest of the trail to reach a high point which offers glorious vistas of the Catskills and Rondout Valley. Participants should be prepared to walk two miles and also to spend time sitting and observing nature. This program is recommended for six to twelve year old children accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at least 18 years old.

Minnewaska's fun and affordable summer youth programming offers parents the opportunity to join in the exploration with their children. All programs include time outside discovering the glorious trails of Minnewaska, and you pay only the daily parking fee of $8 per vehicle. Well-behaved siblings of any age are welcome, but all programs do include hiking. Very young children need to be carried by adults in a backpack syle carrier. Participants should come dressed appropriately and pack their own lunch, snack and water. Pre-registration is required and all children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18.

Registration: Required
Junior Naturalists: History Detectives in the Forest
Thursday, August 21, 2014 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

This new and exciting program allows your children to be junior explorers of the past by finding clues in the present day forest. As a popular resort built in the late 19th century, Minnewaska had many covered benches and bungalows, called summerhouses. All but one of these structures has been removed, but observant hikers can still find clues about where they used to be. Children will be given a series of clues to locate the site of a former summerhouse and then, the group will hike to find it. Along the way, each child will be given free time to find his or her own quiet place to sketch, read or observe nature. Once we reach our destination, each child will be given time to sketch their own version of a summerhouse. To conclude this outing, we'll walk to Awosting Falls, where everyone will have the opportunity to have lunch and enjoy the setting. This program is recommended for seven to twelve year old children accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. All participants must bring a sketch pad or notebook and pencil. This program will meet at the Peter's Kill Area.

Minnewaska's fun and affordable summer youth programming offers parents the opportunity to join in the exploration with their children. All programs include time outside discovering the glorious trails of Minnewaska, and you pay only the daily parking fee of $8 per vehicle. Well-behaved siblings of any age are welcome, but all programs do include hiking.

Registration: Required
Walk to Kempton Ledge
Saturday, August 23, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join Park Educator, Nick Martin, for an approximately four mile long outing to Kempton's Ledge, a vista along Castle Point Carriage Road, which offers scenic views of the Palmaghatt Ravine and the surrounding Walkill Valley. This modestly challenging walk will follow along Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road and Castle Point Carriage Road.

Registration: Required
Two Views for One Hike
Sunday, August 24, 2014 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

End the weekend on the right foot by joining Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, on this moderately challenging two mile hike in the Peter's Kill area of Minnewaska. This often overlooked and lovely route features two gorgeous vistas, one out over the Clove Valley, with a view of the iconic Skytop Tower, and the other of the Rondout Valley and the Catskill Mountains. Meet at the Peter's Kill Parking Area.

Registration: Required
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 07:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Designed for birding enthusiasts or those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by experienced birding volunteers and naturalists. Participants will meet at the main Park Preserve entrance every Tuesday morning.

Participants should come prepared with binoculars and a field guide. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program.

Preschoolers in the Park: Butterfly Hunt
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Butterflies are one of the most beautiful living things in nature and they are a source of endless fascination for young children. Join Jamie McGinnis, volunteer naturalist, for a walk around the Wildmere area of Minnewaska with your toddler to look for butterflies and flowers. Please plan to meet at the informational kiosk located in the upper parking lot near Lake Minnewaska.

Share the excitement of your preschooler's early experiences with nature as they are led in activities that will focus on sight, hearing, smell and touch. Topics will include flowers, butterflies, blueberry picking and more. Each outing includes a modest hike and parents and children should come prepared to walk up to one mile. It is recommended that parents also bring food and water. Pack a lunch and stay afterward to socialize too! All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Pre-registration is required. Please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Monarch Watch
Saturday, August 30, 2014 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Join us as we explore the life cycle and migration of the amazing monarch butterfly. We'll touch on some of the recent challenges facing these butterflies and how you can help, from the plants you grow to the food you eat. Additionally, we'll search for evidence of monarch butterflies on trails near Lake Minnewaska. This program is recommended for children between the ages of six to ten years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Siblings of any age are welcome; however, younger siblings may need parental assistance.

Registration: Required
Wild for Wildlife
Sunday, August 31, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Calling all wildlife detectives! Join us at the Minnewaska Nature Center for an introduction to wildlife detection and to make a plaster cast of an animal track to take home. While these tracks are solidifying, we'll meander through the site of the former resort golf course in search of wildlife activity in the form of browse, scat, and tracks. This program is recommended for children seven to ten years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18.

Registration: Required
The Long Way to Rainbow Falls (Labor Day)
Monday, September 1, 2014 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come celebrate water, a powerful landscape-changing force and a most vital resource by visiting one of Minnewaska's waterfalls. Starting along the Lower Awosting Carriage Road, this approximately six mile hike will reach the Rainbow Falls Footpath, which offers awesome panoramic views and passes nearly beneath Rainbow Falls. We'll return along Upper Awosting Carriage Road until we reach Blueberry Run Footpath, which we'll follow to Mossy Glen Footpath, a quiet trail through cool woods. This hike does include some tricky stream crossings and rock scrambles and is therefore recommended for experienced and agile hikers. Meet at the Awosting Parking Area.

Registration: Required
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