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Minnewaska State Park Preserve- August 2012 Events

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Pre-registration is required for participation in public programs, but parking is on a first-come, first-served basis. Early arrival to the Park Preserve is recommended as the Park Preserve may fill to capacity before noon, particularly on weekends. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 years must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all programs meet at the Nature Center.

Saturday, August 4, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Millbrook Mountain
Come experience one of the most expansive views in the Park Preserve on this modest to challenging five-mile hike. This hike features dense forests, exposed bedrock, twisting pitch pines and a cliff edge that offers a scenic view of the Wallkill Valley, which is also a great spot for viewing passing birds. Pre-registration is required.

Sunday, August 5, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Nature Journals for Children
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 seven to ten years old, 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. Pre-registration is required.

Tuesday, August 7, 7:00 a.m.: Early Morning Birders
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. In July and August, outings will begin at 7:00 a.m. and in September and October, outings will begin at 8:00 a.m. Participants should come prepared with binoculars and a field guide. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program.
Also occurs on August 14th, 21st and 28th.

Tuesday, August 7, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Babes in the Woods
This series, which is designed just for people with infants, will be offered the first and third Tuesday and second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Each week, join volunteer outdoor educator and mother, Jamie McGinnis, for a gentle walk along one of the numerous scenic carriage roads in Minnewaska. These walks are a great way to introduce your baby to the beauty of the outdoors, meet new friends, get some exercise and learn about nature all at the same time! Plan to pack a lunch and blanket and stay for optional play time and a picnic afterwards too! Please bring a jogging-type stroller or child carrier and plan to meet at the Wildmere Parking Area Kiosk. Older siblings are always welcome, too. Pre-registration is required. Also occurs on August 15th, 21st, and 29th.

Summer Youth Programs: Junior Naturalists, Session 2

Come join other families at Minnewaska to search for butterfly homes and learn about wild edible plants. Each program is designed for a specific age range, but younger and older siblings are welcome as long as they are capable of participating and will not distract other children. Parents may need to assist younger siblings with some activities and very young children will need to be carried by adults in a backpack style carrier for hikes. Also, all participants must pack plenty of water and food and wear appropriate footwear. Pre-registration is required and all children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at least 18 years old.

Wednesday, August 8th, 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Junior Naturalists: Butterfly Searchers
Join park educators to wander park carriage roads and hiking trails for approximately three miles, looking for signs of butterflies and learning about these beautiful insects. This program is recommended for six to ten year old children. Pre-registration is required and all children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at least 18 years old.

Thursday, August 9th, 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Junior Naturalists: Wild Edibles
Join park educators on a two-mile walk to look for wild edible plants. You’ll learn how to recognize these abundant plants and how to use them too. This program is recommended for seven to ten year old children. Pre-registration is required and all children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at least 18 years old.

Saturday, August 11, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00p.m. and 2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m.: Japanese Barberry and Ticks: The Lyme Disease Connection
Join Laurel Englesson, member of the invasive species management team at Minnewaska State Park Preserve, to learn how the invasive Japanese Barberry plant could increase your risk of contracting Lyme disease by up to 40%. Many homeowners plant this popular shrub around their house and property without knowing the risk involved.

This program will include a discussion, demonstration, and strategies to beautify your landscape with native alternative plants and minimize your contact with ticks when working outside. Information about the efforts to control and reduce all invasive species at Minnewaska will also be available. Look for the small information tent set up near the Wildmere parking area close to Lake Minnewaska.

Sunday, August 12, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Mossy Glen Trail Walk
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 and two potentially challenging stream crossings, but the return trip along the Lower Awosting Carriage Road is an easy stroll. Pre-registration is required.

Wednesday, August 15th, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Kids’ Bike to Swim at Lake Awosting
Bring your own bicycle, helmet, swimming gear and picnic lunch and join us for this challenging, hilly, nine-mile bicycle ride to the picturesque and refreshing Lake Awosting Swim Area. This program is recommended for physically fit eight to twelve year old children accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Siblings of any age who are capable of participating are welcome. Participants must make sure to pack plenty of food and water and wear appropriate footwear. Pre-registration is required.

Saturday, August 18, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Beautiful Birds
Bring your children to the Minnewaska Nature Center for this program on our feathered friends and what makes them exceptional. During this program children will make their own toy binoculars, which they’ll use 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. Pre-registration is required.

Sunday, August 19, 11:00 a.m.-12:00p.m. and 2:00p.m.-3:00p.m.: Japanese Barberry and Ticks: The Lyme Disease Connection
Join Laurel Englesson, member of the invasive species management team at Minnewaska State Park Preserve, to learn how the invasive Japanese Barberry plant could increase your risk of contracting Lyme disease by up to 40%. Many homeowners plant this popular shrub around their house and property without knowing the risk involved.

This program will include a discussion, demonstration, and strategies to beautify your landscape with native alternative plants and minimize your contact with ticks when working outside. Information about the efforts to control and reduce all invasive species at Minnewaska will also be available. Look for the small information tent set up near the Wildmere parking area close to Lake Minnewaska.

Homeschoolers’ Summer 2012 Naturalist Series: Session 2
Bring your homeschooled children to make art inspired by nature and learn about wild edible plants. Each program is designed for a specific age range, but younger and older siblings are welcome as long as they are capable of participating and will not distract other children. Parents may need to assist younger siblings with some activities and very young children will need to be carried by adults in a backpack style carrier for hikes. Also, all participants must pack plenty of water and food and wear appropriate footwear. Pre-registration is required and all children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at least 18 years of age.

Wednesday, August 22nd, 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Homeschoolers’ Summer Naturalists: Kids Make Art in the Park
Learn about some of the great painters of the 20th century and make your own art to take home. Participants should be prepared to walk two miles and also to spend time sitting and observing nature. We suggest bringing a comfortable cushion for sitting on the ground. This program is recommended for eight to twelve year old children. Participants should bring a work of art that they would like to share with other children. Pre-registration is required and all children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at least 18 years of age.

Thursday, August 23rd, 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Homeschoolers’ Summer Naturalists: Wild Edibles
Join park educators to wander the carriage roads and trails of the Park Preserve in search of wild edible plants. For those homeschoolers who joined us in June for this program, we will learn about different plants in addition to reinforcing the knowledge from that lesson. This program is recommended for seven to ten year old children. Pre-registration is required and all children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at least 18 years of age.

Saturday, August 25, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Castle Point & On
Come along for a day-long, approximately nine-mile outing to Castle Point and beyond, traveling on the picturesque Castle Point Carriage Road and the often overlooked Rainbow Falls Trail. If time permits, we’ll stop into the Huntington Ravine to see if Rainbow Falls is flowing. Participants must bring enough food, water and appropriate footwear for this hike. Pre-registration is required.

Sunday, August 26, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Echo Rock Hike
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for this approximately four-mile round trip walk along two carriage roads to reach the picturesque Echo Rock. From the top of this scenic lookout, visitors peer down into the pristine Palmaghatt Ravine, where vultures often glide below. This hike is appropriate for modest hikers. Pre-registration is required.

For information and to register for programs, please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752. Minnewaska State Park Preserve is open from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. from August 6th until September 17th, when the Park Preserve will close at 7:00 p.m. The fee for parking is $8 per vehicle and there are no additional fees for public programs, unless noted. All fees are subject to change. Minnewaska State Park Preserve consists of approximately 22,000 acres of wild and scenic land located on Route 44/55, five miles west of the intersection with Route 299 in Gardiner, New York.

Photo provided by: Palisades Interstate Park Commission

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