Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Winter Events 2002-2003

November-December-January-February
 

"Climb the Mountains
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Nature's Peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy,
While cares will drop off like autumn leaves."

John Muir

Minnewaska is located on Route 44/55, five miles west of the intersection of route 44/55 and 299, near New Paltz, New York.

Park Preserve Main Office:  (845) 255-0752   Education Office:  (845) 255-2011

Parking Fee: $5 per vehicle

  

November

Saturday, November 2, 10 a.m. -- Witches Cave Walk

Scary stories and animal stories, meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center to make an animal mask. Please register (845) 255-2011 by October 31, leave name, contact number and number of participants. Short walk, program appropriate for all ages.

Saturday, November 9, 10 a.m. -- Minnewaska Lake Walk

Two-mile hike around Minnewaska Lake with a Park Ranger. Please register (845) 255-2011 by November 7, leave name, contact number and number of participants. Easy walk, appropriate for most ages and abilities. Meet at the upper parking area.

Saturday, November 16, 10 a.m. -- Survival Skills

Shelter building, lost-proofing and foraging, learn to survive in our eastern forests. Please register (845) 255-2011 by November 14, leave name, contact number and number of participants. Short hike, appropriate for most ages and abilities. Meet at the Peter's Kill Area.

Saturday, November 23, 10 a.m. -- Echo Rock Hike

Four-mile roundtrip to Echo Rock (ski if there is snow). Moderate hike with spectacular scenery of the Palmaghatt Gorge. Please register (845) 255-2011 by November 21, leave name, contact number and number of participants. Appropriate for people who have hiked before. Meet at the upper parking area.

December

Sunday, December 1, 2 p.m. -- Turkey Walk at Minnewaska Lake

Look for Turkeys and turkey signs on a two-mile walk around Minnewaska Lake. Please register by November 28 (845) 255-2011, leave name, contact number and number of participants. Walk and program appropriate for most ages and abilities. Meet at the upper parking area.

Sunday, December 8, 10 a.m. -- Minnewaska Lake Walk (or ski)

Two-mile hike around Minnewaska Lake with a Park Ranger. If conditions are good for skiing, this will be changed to a ski program. Please register (845) 255-2011 by December 5, leave name, contact number and number of participants. Easy walk, appropriate for most ages and abilities. Meet at the upper parking area.

Saturday, December 14, 10 a.m. -- Animal Tracks

Search for animal tracks and other signs of wildlife in the Peter's Kill Area. Please register by December 12, leave name, contact number and number of participants. Short hike, program appropriate for most ages and abilities.

Sunday, December 22, 10 a.m. -- Winter Ecology

It's the first day of winter, take a hands on look at how plants and animals survive the cold weather. Please register (845) 255-2011 by December 20, leave name, contact number and number of participants. Short hike, appropriate for most ages and abilities. Meet at the Peter's Kill.

Sunday, December 29, 9 a.m. -- Winter Birds

Short walk in Jenny Lane with Naturalist Phil Meisner. Please register by December 26 (845) 255-2011, leave name, contact number and number of participants. Meet at Jenny Lane.

January

Saturday, January 4, 10 a.m. -- Minnewaska Lake Walk

Two-mile hike around Minnewaska Lake with a Park Ranger. Please register (845) 255-2011 by January 2, leave name, contact number and number of participants. Easy walk, appropriate for most ages and abilities. Meet at the upper parking area.

Saturday, January 11, 10 a.m. -- Family Ski on the Meadow Paths

Or hike if there is no snow, or good ski conditions. Please register by January 9 (845) 255-2011, leave name, contact number and number of participants. Pace appropriate for beginners and children, about two miles. Meet at the upper parking area.

Saturday, January 18, 10 a.m. -- Survival Skills

Shelter building, lost-proofing and foraging, learn to survive in our eastern forests. Please register (845) 255-2011 by January 16, leave name, contact number and number of participants. Short hike, appropriate for most ages and abilities. Meet at the Peter's Kill Area.

Saturday, January 25, 9 a.m. -- Ski to Lake Awosting and Castle Point

Eight miles, some difficult, experienced skiers only. Please register by January 23 (845) 255-2011, leave name, contact number and number of participants. Meet at the upper parking area.

February

Saturday, February 1, 10 a.m. -- Minnewaska Lake Walk (or ski)

Two-mile hike around Minnewaska Lake with a Park Ranger. . If conditions are good for skiing, this will be changed to a ski program. Please register (845) 255-2011 by January 30, leave name, contact number and number of participants. Easy walk, for most ages and abilities. Meet at the upper parking area.

Saturday, February 8, 10 a.m. -- Millbrook Mountain Ski

Or Hike if there is no snow or good ski conditions, about five miles. Please register by February 6 (845) 255-2011, leave name, contact number and number of participants. Meet at the upper parking area.

Saturday, February 15, 10 a.m. -- Echo Rock Hike (or ski)

Four-mile roundtrip to Echo Rock (ski if there is snow). Moderate hike with spectacular scenery of the Palmaghatt Gorge. Please register (845) 255-2011 by November 21, leave name, contact number and number of participants. Appropriate for people who have hiked before. Meet at the upper parking area.

Saturday, February 22, 10 a.m. -- Winter Trees

Identify naked trees, bare of their leaves. Discuss why deciduous trees are dormant in the cold season. Please register by February 20 (845) 255-2011, leave name, contact number and number of participants. Easy walk, appropriate for most ages and abilities. Meet at the Peter's Kill.

February Lecture Series

Look for the February Lecture Series in a future bulletin. Evening series at the SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center.

  

Winter Program Note:

Registration is required for all winter programs

Call ahead, conditions change quickly.

Please use caution on icy trails.

Education Office Phone:  (845) 255-2011

Hatti Langsford, Park Interpreter

Jeremy Labbe, SCA-AmeriCorps Educator

email: Hatti.Langsford@oprhp.state.ny.us

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Welcome to Minnewaska State Park Preserve.

Managed by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, Minnewaska is approximately 12,000 acres of wild and scenic landscape. Help protect this fragile mountain ecosystem by following these rules and regulations:

  • Carry In / Carry Out
  • We have no garbage cans. Take out what you bring in.
  • All plants and animals are protected.
  • Please do not harass wildlife.
  • Alcoholic beverages not permitted
  • No camping
  • Swim only in designated areas when lifeguard is on duty
  • Pets must be leashed at all times
  • Bicyclists must wear helmets
  • Bicyclists must stay on carriageways
  • No bikes are allowed on footpaths
  • Cliff edges are dangerous, so please watch your step.
  • Stay on established trails

Directions to Meeting Places:

To reach the upper parking area drive through the main gate and up the main road to the end (about one mile).

The Peter's Kill Area is one mile east of the main entrance on the north side of Route 44/55.

Jenny Lane is one mile west of the main entrance on the north side of Route 44/55.

The Awosting Parking Area is located near the main entrance on the south side of 44/55.

The Nature Center is near diver's cove on the Minnewaska Carriageway (the red loop) by the lake.

Winter Hours

September 3-October 26: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

October 27: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


Source of this Events schedule:  Ken Roberts received the text above by E-mail from Minnewaska State Park Preserve staff on October 31, 2002.

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