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STONE RIDGE – Fall Clay After School Program (Gr PK – 2) @ High Meadow School

Natural Clay Creations at High Meadow School


9 Tuesdays: October, 8 – December 10 2019


3:15 – 4:15 pm

No class on November 19

December 17 reserved for a makeup class


For Grades Pre-K – 2



Includes materials fee of $20



In Clay Class, we explore how a lump of mud becomes a shiny ceramic object. Each week students are introduced to a basic hand-building technique. What they make using the skill of the week is entirely up to the student! This class supports our theme of the school year, Sustainability and the Environment as clay is derived directly from the and is one of the most natural materials you can use to make art.



Instructor: Kerry Pharmer


Kerry Pharmer was born and raised in the Hudson Valley. She studied art at the Maine College of Art and has a BFA in Sculpture from SUNY New Paltz. Kerry is an artist, mother, and amateur naturalist. She has exhibited her artwork throughout the Hudson Valley and NJ and has organized a number of site-specific public sculpture projects. Currently, Kerry teaches art classes for children and adults and is pursuing a Masters degree in Creative Arts Therapy at Pratt Institute.


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KERHONKSON – Pine Cone Bird Feeders Drop-In Program @ the Minnewaska Nature Center

Make Bird Feeders at Minnewaska


Sunday, September 29, 2019

9:30 am – 12 pm

Ages 6 & up*


$10 parking fee


Bring your family to the Minnewaska Nature Center and make a delicious snack for migrating birds. Wear your sloppy clothes or an apron to roll pine cones in a high calorie mix of vegetable shortening and seeds. Each pine cone will have a string attached to the top so that it can be hung outside your home in a tree. This fatty meal is a welcome source of energy for birds getting ready for winter. And, when the birds come to eat, you’ll have a perfect opportunity to watch them forage!


* This program is recommended for children over the age of six, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Younger children are welcome to join the activity, but they may require adult assistance.


This is a drop-in program and pre-registration is NOT required.


MOUNT TREMPER – FREE Discovery Day @ Catskills Visitor’s Center


Saturday, September 28, 2019


10 am – 3 pm



Save the date for this new event at the Catskill Interpretive Center celebrating the nature, history and culture of the Catskills through kid-friendly educational programs, performances, demos and hands-on activities.



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KERHONKSON – Autumn Leaf Identification Hike around Beacon Hill @ Minnewaska State Park Preserve


Saturday, September 28, 2019


9:30 am – 12 pm


For families with children ages 7 & up*

*This family program is recommended for all ages, but may be of special interest to children over the age of seven years old. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18.


$10 Parking Fee


Come learn to identify the trees and leaves of Minnewaska State Park Preserve with Elizabeth Axley, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps member. Elizabeth will lead you around the beautiful forests and vistas of the Beacon Hill trail loop. On this approximately two mile hike, Elizabeth will explain the best methods for identifying trees, using their autumn leaves. Discover whether any of Minnewaska’s leaves have begun to turn color, and identify any tree species that display this remarkable ecological phenomenon. Then, learn how to distinguish seemingly identical leaf pairs and master the identification of locally common trees. Finally, explore the phenology of leaf-turn and leaf-fall, and learn about the incredibly precise timing of these events and why they occur.



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Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752

Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center.

STONE RIDGE – The Nature Of Shakespeare – The Tempest @ High Meadow School


10 Thursdays: September 26 – December 12, 2019


3:15 – 4:15 pm

No class on October 31 or November 28.

December 19 reserved for a makeup class


For Grades 3 – 8





In this program, we will focus on The Tempest by creating the environments the characters live in with natural, found, and recycled materials. The class will brainstorm and collaborate imagining the places of the play ie: a deserted island, or an enchanted magical forest, as well as personally creating their own costume. Each student will also be given a role to create and develop toward a final presentation. Students will learn how to build their skills as an actor, and make connections to Shakespeare’s language in a fun and fearless way through an edited version of the play. In the Spring we will explore A Midsummer Night’s Dream.



Instructor: Lesley Sawhill


Lesley Sawhill is the Artistic Director of New Genesis Productions and has offered Shakespeare based programs for ages 5-17 in the Hudson Valley and Catskill region for nearly 20 years. In the summer she runs the Shakespeare Intensive at The Little Globe Theatre in West Shokan, NY.



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