Park Naturalist and Community Programs

Dutchess County Parks offers a variety of educational programs throughout the year. Our programs provide children and adults an opportunity to experience, share and have hands on learning time within our parks. Our programs focus on various aspects of environmental awareness, prehistoric Native American culture, and survival skills. Our goal is to give youth and adults a deeper understanding and appreciation of nature within a fun and entertaining park atmosphere. We also try to instill a sense of personal responsibility and teamwork during each program offered. We hope you join us for some of our programs throughout the year.

If you have any questions regarding Dutchess County Park Naturalist Programs, please contact the Park Naturalist at 845-298-4602 or by email at parknaturalist@dutchessny.gov. If you have any questions regarding Dutchess County Parks Community Programs, please contact Assistant Park Director at 845-298-4603 or by email at soneil@dutchessny.gov.

Dutchess County Parks Programs are on a first come, first serve basis. Be sure to check back often for new opportunities and register early.





2021 Earth Awakening Park Palette
For students ages 10-18. Have you always wanted to explore nature painting but didn’t know where to start? Now is your opportunity to learn. On April 25th Park Naturalist Jessica Steinbach will lead a unique session celebrating Earth Day and the parks Earth Awaken weekend. This class will take students through a step by step learning opportunity to create nature themed paintings. All supplies will be provided, and youth will be able to take their painting home to display! Reminder: Dutchess County Parks follows all NYS COVID regulations during program offerings. Our subject will be Mother Earth on the shell of a turtle!
Location: Bowdoin Park
Dates: 4/25/2021 - 4/25/2021
Price: 5.00
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Seats Remaining: 1
Seats Remaining: 1

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2021 Spring : Adult Intro to Wilderness Survival
If you and friends or family found yourselves lost, would you know what to do? What if a natural disaster struck your home? Could you take the necessary steps to keep everyone safe until help arrived? This program is designed to go through the skills needed in a short term survival situation. Through hands on activities we will cover: Avoiding Survival Situations Disaster Preparedness Aspects of Survival Shelter Construction Basic Fire Making Basic Survival Pack Survival Awareness Basic Archery
Location: Bowdoin Park
Dates: 5/15/2021 - 5/15/2021
Price: 40.00
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Seats Remaining: 6
Seats Remaining: 6

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2021 Summer Adventure Program Ages 9-11 Session 1
This program will duplicate the excitement of a movie or videogame in a physical way. Participants will learn to battle with foam weapons, play Nerf tag and learn group problem solving. There will be group challenges each day that can only be solved through creativity and teamwork. The end of the week will be a simulated adventure for participants to use their new skills to overcome obstacles and win the game. Topics will include: Group Strategy and Problem Solving Nerf Tag Battles Foam Weapon Use Situational Awareness
Location: Bowdoin Park
Dates: 7/5/2021 - 7/8/2021
Price: 175.00
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Seats Remaining: FULL (Contact the Bowdoin Office for possible openings)
Seats Remaining: FULL (Contact the Bowdoin Office for possible openings)

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2021 Summer Survival Program Ages 9-11 Session 1
Ages 9-11 This program is a combination of nature study and survival skills. Participants will explore forest habitats, hike Bowdoin Park’s many trails, and observe native wildlife. Our focus this year is hunting. Topics will include: Silent Movement Basic Camouflage Hunting Tools - Bow, Throwing Stick, Atl-Atl Tracking Group Hunting Techniques Survival Awareness
Location: Bowdoin Park
Dates: 7/5/2021 - 7/8/2021
Price: 175.00
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Seats Remaining: FULL (Contact the Bowdoin Office for possible openings)
Seats Remaining: FULL (Contact the Bowdoin Office for possible openings)

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2021 Summer Adventure Program Ages 12-14 Session 1
This program will duplicate the excitement of a movie or videogame in a physical way. Participants will learn to battle with foam weapons, play Nerf tag and learn group problem solving. There will be group challenges each day that can only be solved through creativity and teamwork. The end of the week will be a simulated adventure for participants to use their new skills to overcome obstacles and win the game. Topics will include: Group Strategy and Problem Solving Nerf Tag Battles Foam Weapon Use Situational Awareness
Location: Bowdoin Park
Dates: 7/12/2021 - 7/15/2021
Price: 175.00
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Seats Remaining: FULL (Contact the Bowdoin Office for possible openings)
Seats Remaining: FULL (Contact the Bowdoin Office for possible openings)

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2021 Summer Survival Intensive Ages 12-14
Ages 12-14 The survival intensive program blends survival techniques with an understanding of how prehistoric people lived in harmony with the land. This summer, we are focusing on hunting. Topics will include: Silent Movement Advanced Camouflage Hunting Tools - Bow, Throwing Stick, Atl-Atl, Spear Tracking Group Hunting Techniques Survival Awareness
Location: Bowdoin Park
Dates: 7/12/2021 - 7/15/2021
Price: 175.00
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Seats Remaining: FULL (Contact the Bowdoin Office for possible openings)
Seats Remaining: FULL (Contact the Bowdoin Office for possible openings)

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2021 Summer Adventure Program Ages 9-11 Session 2
This program will duplicate the excitement of a movie or videogame in a physical way. Participants will learn to battle with foam weapons, play Nerf tag and learn group problem solving. There will be group challenges each day that can only be solved through creativity and teamwork. The end of the week will be a simulated adventure for participants to use their new skills to overcome obstacles and win the game. Topics will include: Group Strategy and Problem Solving Nerf Tag Battles Foam Weapon Use Situational Awareness
Location: Bowdoin Park
Dates: 7/19/2021 - 7/22/2021
Price: 175.00
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Seats Remaining: FULL (Contact the Bowdoin Office for possible openings)
Seats Remaining: FULL (Contact the Bowdoin Office for possible openings)

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2021 Summer Survival Program Ages 9-11 Session 2
Ages 9-11 This program is a combination of nature study and survival skills. Participants will explore forest habitats, hike Bowdoin Park’s many trails, and observe native wildlife. Our focus this year is hunting. Topics will include: Silent Movement Basic Camouflage Hunting Tools - Bow, Throwing Stick, Atl-Atl Tracking Group Hunting Techniques Survival Awareness
Location: Bowdoin Park
Dates: 7/19/2021 - 7/22/2021
Price: 175.00
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Seats Remaining: FULL (Contact the Bowdoin Office for possible openings)
Seats Remaining: FULL (Contact the Bowdoin Office for possible openings)

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2021 Summer Complete Survival Ages 12-14
Ages 12-14 The complete survival program ties together all the survival techniques we have learned. We combine this with an understanding of how prehistoric people approached survival and resources. We will spend four days in a re-creation of a survival situation. Participants will build shelters, start fires, find food and water, and observe the wildlife around them. They will work together to accomplish tasks and challenges. The week ends with an optional overnight on Thursday. Students must have previously attended the Survival Intensive program to be eligible. This program is located at Wilcox Park in the Town of Milan.
Location: Wilcox Park
Dates: 7/26/2021 - 7/30/2021
Price: 175.00
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Seats Remaining: 8
Seats Remaining: 8

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2021 Summer Adventure Program Ages 12-14 Session 2
This program will duplicate the excitement of a movie or videogame in a physical way. Participants will learn to battle with foam weapons, play Nerf tag and learn group problem solving. There will be group challenges each day that can only be solved through creativity and teamwork. The end of the week will be a simulated adventure for participants to use their new skills to overcome obstacles and win the game. Topics will include: Group Strategy and Problem Solving Nerf Tag Battles Foam Weapon Use Situational Awareness
Location: Bowdoin Park
Dates: 8/2/2021 - 8/5/2021
Price: 175.00
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Seats Remaining: FULL (Contact the Bowdoin Office for possible openings)
Seats Remaining: FULL (Contact the Bowdoin Office for possible openings)

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2021 Summer Eaglet Adventure Ages 6-8
Ages 6-8 Our new eaglet program will give children a chance to become explorers and scientists! Participants will search for the tracks of passing animals, discover the hidden life below the surface of the pond at Bowdoin Park and begin to see the interconnection that keeps the natural world in balance. There will be games, hands-on learning, crafts and plenty of adventure! Topics will Include: Endangered Species Nocturnal Animals Pond Life Food Chains Hiking Safety Tracking
Location: Bowdoin Park
Dates: 8/2/2021 - 8/5/2021
Price: 125.00
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Seats Remaining: FULL (Contact the Bowdoin Office for possible openings)
Seats Remaining: FULL (Contact the Bowdoin Office for possible openings)

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2021 Summer Living Survival Ages 15-17
Ages 15-17 Living survival combines survival and adventuring skills into a scenario presented in the context of a story. Participants will have to use all of their skills and knowledge to complete challenges such as making fires, purifying water, tracking, using camouflage, battling bandits, and solving ancient mysteries. Our focus throughout the week is to teach self-reliance and teamwork. Unexpected events force an adaptive attitude vital in real survival situations. Success is not guaranteed. There is always the possibility the group will fail at its mission, which gives gravity to the situation. The actions of the group will influence the storyline as it progresses.
Location: Bowdoin Park
Dates: 8/9/2021 - 8/12/2021
Price: 175.00
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Seats Remaining: 2
Seats Remaining: 2

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