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Sam’s Point Preserve

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400 Sams Point Rd
Cragsmoor, NY United States
845-647-7989

December 2020

Hike to Indian Rock at Sam’s Point

December 5, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Saturday, repeating until March 27, 2021

Sam’s Point Preserve, 400 Sams Point Rd
Cragsmoor, NY United States
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Join Becca Howe-Parisio, Interpretive Ranger, for an interpretive hike to Indian Rock. Bring a lunch, water, and appropriate clothing for the weather. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to twelve individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Sam’s Point Visitor Center.…

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Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons at Sam’s Point Preserve (weather permitting)

December 5, 2020 @ 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Saturday, repeating until March 27, 2021

Sam’s Point Preserve, 400 Sams Point Rd
Cragsmoor, NY United States
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This program is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Each session will be run by a Sam’s Point employee who will provide instruction on how to properly wear and adjust the snowshoes, as well as work with you until you are ready to head out on your favorite trail with confidence. The lesson may last up to one hour. Snowshoes are available to rent for this program at a discounted rate…

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Geology Hike around Lake Maratanza at Sam’s Point

December 12, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sam’s Point Preserve, 400 Sams Point Rd
Cragsmoor, NY United States
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Join Becca Howe-Parisio, Interpretive Ranger, for this three-mile loop walk to view Lake Maratanza.  Pack a lunch and sit on the shore to enjoy a mid-day picnic. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18.  Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to twelve individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Sam’s…

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January 2021

First Day Hike at Sam’s Point 

January 1 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Sam’s Point Preserve, 400 Sams Point Rd
Cragsmoor, NY United States
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Begin the new year with a First Day Hike! What better way to start off 2021 than with an invigorating snowshoe outing for the entire family? Approximately a three-mile trek through the scenic Park Preserve. Snowshoes may be rented for this program for a fee of $5 per person. If there is insufficient snow cover, this program will be offered as a hike. If renting snowshoes, please arrive early. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the…

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April 2021

Sam’s Point Gallery Spotlight – “Lichens of the Shawangunk Mountains”

April 1 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Sunday, Thursday and Saturday, repeating indefinitely

Sam’s Point Preserve, 400 Sams Point Rd
Cragsmoor, NY United States
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Come see the lichen display designed by John Franklin, lichen photographer and Department of Environmental Conservation Steward, at our new exhibit at the Sam’s Point Visitors Center. Lichens are the intrepid little organisms that we see everywhere we look. They grow on the rocks and trees around us, and often underfoot, as we walk the many trails in the Park Preserve. View John’s collection of close-up, macro photographs and see actual samples of some of the and colorful lichens that…

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Drop in Nature Journals for Children at Sam’s Point

April 3 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Sam’s Point Preserve, 400 Sams Point Rd
Cragsmoor, NY United States
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Bring your child to the Sam’s Point Visitor Center to make their own nature journal. After the journals are made, take a walk on trails near the Visitor Center, where children can look for leaves and other natural items to include in their book. Children of any age are welcome to join, but younger children may need parental assistance making their journal. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. All participants must wear…

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Guided Fire Ecology Hike Around the Lake

April 14 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sam’s Point Preserve, 400 Sams Point Rd
Cragsmoor, NY United States
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Join Dylan Medici, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Stewardship Assistant, for a guided, three-mile hike around Lake Maratanza. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to twelve individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Sam’s Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required…

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Herp Herp Hooray! Amphibian Spotting and Monitoring Hike at Sam’s Point

April 17 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sam’s Point Preserve, 400 Sams Point Rd
Cragsmoor, NY United States
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In early spring, massive numbers of frogs and salamanders travel far distances to lay their eggs in seasonal bodies of fresh water, known as vernal pools. Join Becca Howe-Parisio, Interpretive Ranger and Alexa Maione, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Education Assistant, for a hike to a vernal pool breeding spot to monitor for salamanders, frogs and eggs. This five-mile interpretive hike is recommended for children over the age of 12, who want to learn about hands-on ecological monitoring and local amphibian species.…

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Hike to Verkeerder Kill Falls at Sam’s Point

April 18 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Sam’s Point Preserve, 400 Sams Point Rd
Cragsmoor, NY United States
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Join Dylan Medici, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Stewardship Assistant, for a hike to Verkeerderkill Falls. Falling 187 feet over a dramatic, rocky ledge, Verkeerderkill Falls is the highest waterfall in the Shawangunk Mountains. We’ll walk through the dwarf pitch pines and enjoy views of the Hudson Valley below. While this five-and-a-half-mile hike does not have significant elevation gain, it does include some steep, rocky terrain and a stream crossing. Please bring a lunch, water, and appropriate clothing for the weather, including…

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Drop in Earth Day Celebration at Sam’s Point

April 22 @ 10:00 am
Sam’s Point Preserve, 400 Sams Point Rd
Cragsmoor, NY United States
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Join Sam’s Point staff in appreciating our Earth and learning how we can make our planet a better place. Drop-in to a staffed, education station to learn all about pollinator gardens, play a nature-based scavenger hunt and much more! Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum of six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. Pre-registration is NOT…

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Lichens of the Shawangunk Mountains at Sam’s Point

April 24 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sam’s Point Preserve, 400 Sams Point Rd
Cragsmoor, NY United States
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Join lichen photographer and Department of Environmental Conservation Steward, John Franklin, for a walk and talk on lichens, those intrepid little organisms that we see growing on trees and rocks throughout the Park Preserve. We will walk up to two miles, stopping to discuss lichens along the way. After the hike, John will share his collection of amazing close-up macro photographs of lichens and also actual samples of the colorful lichens that are found throughout the Park Preserve. The recommended…

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Herp Herp Hooray! Amphibian Spotting and Monitoring Hike at Sam’s Point

April 28 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sam’s Point Preserve, 400 Sams Point Rd
Cragsmoor, NY United States
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In early spring, massive numbers of frogs and salamanders travel far distances to lay their eggs in seasonal bodies of fresh water, known as vernal pools. Join Alexa Maione, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Education Assistant, for a hike to a vernal pool breeding spot to monitor for salamanders, frogs and eggs. This five-mile interpretive hike is recommended for children over the age of 12 and who want to learn about hands-on, ecological monitoring and local amphibian species. Please bring a lunch,…

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May 2021

Waking up the Sam’s Point pollinator garden

May 2 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Sam’s Point Preserve, 400 Sams Point Rd
Cragsmoor, NY United States
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Help Sam’s Point staff beautify and maintain its native plant garden, located in front of the visitor center. Once the garden is complete, head out onto the trails to remove invasive plant species. Volunteers should bring water, snacks, lunch and garden gloves. Volunteers must start at 9:30 a.m., but the end time is flexible. This volunteer opportunity is appropriate for adults and children who are at least five years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of…

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Hike to Verkeerder Kill Falls at Sam’s Point

May 29 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Sam’s Point Preserve, 400 Sams Point Rd
Cragsmoor, NY United States
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Join Rebecca Howe-Parisio, Interpretive Ranger, for a hike to Verkeerderkill Falls. Falling 187 feet over a dramatic rocky ledge, Verkeerderkill Falls is the highest waterfall in the Shawangunk Mountains. We’ll walk through the dwarf pitch pines and enjoy views of the Hudson Valley below. While this five-and-a-half-mile hike does not have significant elevation gain, it does include some steep, rocky terrain and a stream crossing. Please bring a lunch, water, and appropriate clothing for the weather, including sturdy footwear. Children…

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Draw the Seasons at Sam’s Point

May 30 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sam’s Point Preserve, 400 Sams Point Rd
Cragsmoor, NY United States
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May is a great time to see many interesting things starting to happen at the Park. Join Dylan Medici, Student Conservation Association Ecosystem Stewardship Assistant for a relaxed walk to Lake Maratanza where we will enjoy lunch and explore the changing seasons through the power of art! We will provide paper and crayons for drawing. Please bring your own lunch. This program is suitable for children between the ages of five to twelve years old, accompanied by a parent or…

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July 2021

Sam’s Point Galley Feature for the Month of July: The Allure of Pressed Botanical Specimens

July 1 @ 9:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until July 31, 2021

Sam’s Point Preserve, 400 Sams Point Rd
Cragsmoor, NY United States
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Throughout the month of July, the Gallery at Sam's Point will be exhibiting pressed botanical specimens collected by Hudson Valley resident David Schaengold. Among the pressed specimens on display and for sale are local favorites like buttercups, sassafras, Japanese anemone and blue flag iris. This exciting and informative show is dedicated to the memory of Mr. Schaengold’s beloved wife, Paula, who cherished her garden. Proceeds from the sale of these works will be donated to Hudson Valley Hospice Foundation. The…

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High Point/Verkeerder Kill Falls Loop Hike at Sam’s Point

July 3 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sam’s Point Preserve, 400 Sams Point Rd
Cragsmoor, NY United States
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Join Alexa Maione, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Environmental Educator, for this nearly eight-and-a-half-mile loop hike passing Sam’s Point, Verkeerder Kill Falls and High Point. While this hike does not have significant elevation gain, it does include some steep, rocky terrain and a stream crossing, which some may find challenging. All participants should come well prepared with appropriate footwear, food, and water. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's…

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Litter Pick Up at Sam’s Point

July 6 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Sam’s Point Preserve, 400 Sams Point Rd
Cragsmoor, NY United States
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Join the staff of Sam’s Point in partnership with the Ellenville Public Library to keep our Park Preserve litter free. Hikers often leave behind water bottles, candy wrappers, and orange peels. Litter not only detracts from the beauty of our natural world, but also endangers wildlife. Enjoy a morning at Sam’s Point with your family making a difference. We will meet at the Sam’s Point Visitor Center and walk a total of three miles around the Loop Road. This event…

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Observe the Changing of the Seasons at Sam’s Point

July 9 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sam’s Point Preserve, 400 Sams Point Rd
Cragsmoor, NY United States
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When do the flowers bloom? When do the leaves fall? We are very curious to find out! Be a scientist for the day and help Sam’s Point staff monitor seasonal changes in our plant communities. During this family program, we’ll observe and identify blooming, fruiting, and budding native plants along a three-mile loop hike around Lake Maratanza. This program is recommended for children over the age of eight, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. All…

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