Hot Spot

Minnewaska State Park Preserve | July 9-13, 2021

Kerhonkson, NY

Minnewaska State Park Preserve in New York is located in the Shawangunk Mountains, rising more than 2,000 feet above sea level and marked by steep, rocky terrain. A variety of natural features can be found within the park, including waterfalls, lakes, hardwood forests, and dramatic cliff bands. Visitors come to the park to walk, bike, swim, picnic, and climb, among many other opportunities.  Due to its dramatic topography and potential for both stunning views and exposed terrain, trail widening, undesignated trails, and trampled vegetation have become serious impacts at the park. For the Hot Spot activation, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Team will be at Minnewaska State Park Preserve leading a variety of workshops, outreach programs and community events, including opportunities for community involvement.

*Minnewaska State Park Preserve is located on the ancestral lands of the Munsee Lenape and possibly other tribes*

Opportunities to Get Involved

Leave No Trace Drop-In Education Table

Stop by the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center to meet the Subaru/Leave No Trace Educators and learn some simple and easy steps you can take to help preserve our natural areas.

Date & Time: July 10 @ 9:00am-12:30pm

Where: Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center, 5281 Route 44/55

Live Birds of Prey Drop-In Program

Join Annie Mardiney, wildlife rehabilitator from Wild Mountain Birds, for an up-close and personal look at some of the raptors common to the Shawangunk Ridge. Live education birds may include red-tailed hawk, broad-winged hawk, American kestrel, barred owl, screech owl, and great horned owl.

Date & Time: July 10 @ 10:00am-2:00pm

Where: Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center, 5281 Route 44/55

Environmental Education Drop-In

Stop by the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center with your family to learn about the nature all around us in the Hudson Valley. Student Conservation Association interns will be staffing education tables where you can learn about invasive plant and animal species, the importance of our watershed and interesting mammals of the Park Preserve.

Date & Time: July 10 @ 1:00pm-4:30pm

Where: Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center, 5281 Route 44/55

Clean Up Service Project

Join the Subaru/Leave No Trace Teams and Minnewaska State Park Preserve Staff and partners for a fun volunteer day at the Leave No Trace Minnewaska State Park Preserve Hot Spot. Come explore and help clean up this beautiful space while learning more about the Leave No Trace Hot Spot program and ways to protect Minnewaska State Park Preserve. Click here for more information.

Date & Time: July 11 @ 9:00am-4:30pm – this is a drop in, self-guided program

Where: Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center, 5281 Route 44/55

Virtual Workshop: Leave No Trace Skills & Ethics Introduction

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Teams provide proven, research-based skills and education for getting outside in an environmentally sustainable way. Click here for more information on topics covered and to register.

Date & Time: July 12 @ 5:00-6:00 pm

Where: Virtual, Zoom link will be provided upon registration 

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