Minnewaska State Park Preserve in Ulster County, NY

KERHONKSON – Homeschool Program @ Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Homeschool Programs at Minnewaska


Come join other homeschoolers for an afternoon of nature discovery!



Programs take place on Thursdays, 1 – 3 pm

(with the exception of the program on 9/12)



$10 parking fee



Come prepared to learn about a topic of natural history, play exciting games, take a hike, make crafty creations, and have fun with new friends!



September 5th: The Grossly Important Vulture


September 12th, 9:30 am – 2 pm*: Raptor Migration Hike

*Note the time change; This program may be switched to September 19th, if weather conditions warrant a change.


October 3rd:  Live Raptors


October 17th: Hike to the Ice Caves at Sam’s Point**


November 7th: Fall Foliage and Art in the Park Hike to Echo Rock


December 5th: Nature Observations





Pre-registration is required for all home-school programs.

Call Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.



** Directions to Sam’s Point


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WOODSTOCK – FREE! Enrapturing Raptors @ Ravensbeard Wildlife Center


Come meet these wonderful birds of prey!



Saturday, August 31st 2019


10 am


This event is free, family friendly, and open to the public.


Join Raptor expert and founder of Ravensbeard Wildlife Center, Ellen Kalish, at the Comeau Property in Woodstock. Enjoy a rare opportunity to spend time in the company of these majestic birds of prey: red-tail hawk, great-horned owl, barred owl, barn owl, American kestrel, and more! Kids and adults alike will be hypnotized by the beauty and presence of these powerful birds and Ellen’s relationship with them.


Ellen Kalish’s love for birds resulted in her founding Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in Saugerties. Ravensbeard is a group of licensed wildlife rehabilitators, naturalists, educators and concerned supporters committed to building a broader community with respect for all nature. In order to achieve this goal Ravensbeard strives to provide the necessary medical attention required to assist injured, ill and orphaned wildlife to return to their natural habitats. Ravensbeard is proud to boast that their release rate is over 60%, the national average is under 50%


The spirit of Ravensbeard endeavors is to promote community awareness, education, appreciation, compassion and acceptance of the circle of life.



Tick repellent, sunscreen, camp chairs or a blanket to sit on are recommended.


In case of a steady rain or thunderstorms, this event will be canceled. For weather related updates, check the Woodstock Land Conservancy Facebook page or


The Woodstock Land Conservancy is a non-profit organization committed to the protection and preservation of the open lands, forests, water resources, scenic areas and historic sites in Woodstock and the surrounding area.


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MOUNT TREMPER – Fall Family Day @ Catskills Visitor Center


Saturday, August 31, 2019


10 am – 3 pm


Bring the whole family for this full day of kid-centered fun in the beautiful Catskill Mountain with performers, hands-on art & science activities, outdoor adventures on the trail, and lots more!


Photo by John McDaniel


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SCARSDALE – Summer Camp Week 8: Creature Feature @ Greenburgh Nature Center


Each day, we will discover a new featured creature from the animal kingdom in this week of creature fun! We’ll touch the world’s softest animal, find out what hides in our forest during the day and who’s out at night. Get ready to keep on creature adventuring!


WEEK 8: MONDAY, August 26- FRIDAY, August 30, 2019

9:30 am – 1:30 pm


Group 1: Grades K – 1

Group 2: Grades 2 – 3


$375 ($350 if you reister by April 1st)

+ $85 membership fee

Membership is required to register for camp.




The Greenburgh Natue Center is a 33-acre nature preserve with trails, a pond, a Native Plant Meadow, Nature’s Discovery Playground, Barnyard, and gardens.  ABOUT GNC

TUXEDO PARK – Skulls, Bones and Beaks @ Sterling Forest State Park



Saturday, August 24, 2019


1 pm


Geared towards children ages 6 – 13



Skulls and bones are much more than just Halloween decorations or props used on the set of a horror movie. Join us at Sterling Forest and learn more about the not so spooky world of bones! Learn how to read the stories that bones tell, like what an animal eats, how well it can see, and why chicken bones are hollow. Then finish up the day by making a skull of your very own!


No need to bring anything; all will be provided and be prepared to have fun!




Parental supervision is required. Please register by calling (845) 351-5907.