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Beautiful Birds for Kids
Sunday, April 27, 2014 02:30 PM - 04:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Bring your children to the Minnewaska Nature Center for this program about our feathered friends and what makes them exceptional. During this program, children will make their own bird mask, which they can wear on a bird scavenger hunt as we walk a mile-long carriage road.

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.

Registration: Required
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 08:00 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 park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Minnewaska main entrance and should come prepared with binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program.
Registration: Required
Preschoolers in the Park
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Bring your preschoolers and join volunteer naturalist and parent Jamie McGinnis for a morning of exploring vernal pools and looking for amphibians. This is an exciting time to look for these animals since they are breeding and can often be found and heard in abundance now. Kids and parents will use nets to catch and observe tadpoles and frog eggs and then release them.

It is recommended that parents and children wear long pants and rubber boots.

Registration: Required
I Love My Park Day BioBlitz
Saturday, May 03, 2014 until Sunday, May 04, 2014 10:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

The BioBlitz is designed for scientific professionals and experts to come together in an effort to document as many species and communities as possible while surveying for rarities during a 24-hour inventory that will take place from Saturday, May 3 at 10:30am through Sunday, May 4, at 10:30am.

Our main focus will include significant natural communities, rare invertebrates and "herps" (amphibians and reptiles), rare mosses and plants, in addition to fish, birds, mammals, and invasive species.

Volunteers are needed to help at the central stations set up for public information and interpretation, to serve as citizen scientists, and to document the professionals' process with photographs. Small groups of volunteers will be assigned to different shifts on Saturday May 3, from 9am-1pm and 1pm-5pm. Registration is currently available for small groups of volunteers to have the unique experience of assisting with this project. Applicants with prior photography and/or environmental experience are encouraged to sign up.

Register online at https://ptny.wufoo.com/forms/i-love-my-park-day-bioblitz-registration/  

For more information on the BioBlitz, please visit http://ptny.org/ilovemypark/bioblitz.shtml

Registration: Required
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 03, 2014 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Phone: (845) 255-0752

Come join us at Minnewaska State Park Preserve to celebrate the third annual I Love My Park Day. I Love My Park Day is an exciting statewide event to improve and enhance New York's parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire park system and its needs.

At this year's event, we will be hosting two projects from 11AM to 3PM. For both events, please bring garden gloves, water, a lunch or snacks, bug spray, sturdy boots, and clothes you can get dirty. For both activities, volunteers should meet at the Wildmere Parking Area.

For our first project, volunteers will join Park Preserve staff and the NY/NJ trail conference volunteers to repair and enhance a few sections of footpath. They will also help to install boardwalks and rock stepping stones along seasonally wet sections of the Mossy Glen footpath. For this event, we recommend it only for those ages 7 and up.

For our second project, we will be assisting invasive species biologists with restoring an invasive species control plot by planting native trees, shrubs, and plant seeds. Volunteers will be digging, planting, spreading seeds, building cages, and removing any invasive species. This project is also best suited for those ages 7+.

Register at: I Love My Park Day 

With any questions, please call (845) 255-0752.

Registration: Required
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