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 the Parks Office at 845-298-4600.

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





2024 Weekend Archery : Spring Session 10am
This program is designed for children and adults with any level of experience in archery. The first class will be a review of basic archery safety and skills for those who may not have attended in the past. The majority of the time will be spent practicing with the bows, learning through experience. The program consists of 5 classes, held on Saturdays, with several time slots to choose from. Each class lasts an hour. All equipment is provided. Children must be 8 years of age or older to participate. Sign-up is required. For more info please call (845) 298-4602. Session Dates : Saturday, April 13th Saturday, April 27th Saturday, May 4th Saturday, May 11th Saturday, June 8th Time Slot: 10am to 11am Cost: $70 per person (for all 5 classes) Location: The sessions will beheld at Bowdoin Park Archery Range adjacent to Pavilion 4, located at 85 Sheafe Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.
Location: BOWDOIN PARK
Dates: 4/13/2024 - 6/8/2024
Price: 70.00
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Seats Remaining: FULL (Contact the Bowdoin Office for possible openings)
Seats Remaining: FULL (Contact the Bowdoin Office for possible openings)

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2024 Weekend Archery : Spring Session 11:30pm
This program is designed for children and adults with any level of experience in archery. The first class will be a review of basic archery safety and skills for those who may not have attended in the past. The majority of the time will be spent practicing with the bows, learning through experience. The program consists of 5 classes, held on Saturdays, with several time slots to choose from. Each class lasts an hour. All equipment is provided. Children must be 8 years of age or older to participate. Sign-up is required. For more info please call (845) 298-4602. Session Dates : Saturday, April 13th Saturday, April 27th Saturday, May 4th Saturday, May 11th Saturday, June 8th Time Slot: 11:30am to 12:30am Cost: $70 per person (for all 5 classes) Location: The sessions will beheld at Bowdoin Park Archery Range adjacent to Pavilion 4, located at 85 Sheafe Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.
Location: BOWDOIN PARK
Dates: 4/13/2024 - 6/8/2024
Price: 70.00
Time: 11:30 AM - 12:30 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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2024 Weekend Archery : Spring Session 2pm
This program is designed for children and adults with any level of experience in archery. The first class will be a review of basic archery safety and skills for those who may not have attended in the past. The majority of the time will be spent practicing with the bows, learning through experience. The program consists of 5 classes, held on Saturdays, with several time slots to choose from. Each class lasts an hour. All equipment is provided. Children must be 8 years of age or older to participate. Sign-up is required. For more info please call (845) 298-4602. Session Dates : Saturday, April 13th Saturday, April 27th Saturday, May 4th Saturday, May 11th Saturday, June 8th Time Slot: 2pm to 3pm Cost: $70 per person (for all 5 classes) Location: The sessions will beheld at Bowdoin Park Archery Range adjacent to Pavilion 4, located at 85 Sheafe Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.
Location: BOWDOIN PARK
Dates: 4/13/2024 - 6/8/2024
Price: 70.00
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Seats Remaining: FULL (Contact the Bowdoin Office for possible openings)
Seats Remaining: FULL (Contact the Bowdoin Office for possible openings)

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2024 Weekend Archery : Spring Session 3:30pm
This program is designed for children and adults with any level of experience in archery. The first class will be a review of basic archery safety and skills for those who may not have attended in the past. The majority of the time will be spent practicing with the bows, learning through experience. The program consists of 5 classes, held on Saturdays, with several time slots to choose from. Each class lasts an hour. All equipment is provided. Children must be 8 years of age or older to participate. Sign-up is required. For more info please call (845) 298-4602. Session Dates : Saturday, April 13th Saturday, April 27th Saturday, May 4th Saturday, May 11th Saturday, June 8th Time Slot: 3:30pm to 4:30pm Cost: $70 per person (for all 5 classes) Location: The sessions will beheld at Bowdoin Park Archery Range adjacent to Pavilion 4, located at 85 Sheafe Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.
Location: BOWDOIN PARK
Dates: 4/13/2024 - 6/8/2024
Price: 70.00
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:30 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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2024 Weekend Archery : Spring Session 8:30
This program is designed for children and adults with any level of experience in archery. The first class will be a review of basic archery safety and skills for those who may not have attended in the past. The majority of the time will be spent practicing with the bows, learning through experience. The program consists of 5 classes, held on Saturdays, with several time slots to choose from. Each class lasts an hour. All equipment is provided. Children must be 8 years of age or older to participate. Sign-up is required. For more info please call (845) 298-4602. Session Dates : Saturday, April 13th Saturday, April 27th Saturday, May 4th Saturday, May 11th Saturday, June 8th Time Slot: 8:30am to 9:30am Cost: $70 per person (for all 5 classes) Location: The sessions will beheld at Bowdoin Park Archery Range adjacent to Pavilion 4, located at 85 Sheafe Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.
Location: BOWDOIN PARK
Dates: 4/13/2024 - 6/8/2024
Price: 70.00
Time: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Seats Remaining: FULL (Contact the Bowdoin Office for possible openings)
Seats Remaining: FULL (Contact the Bowdoin Office for possible openings)

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2024 Spring Eaglet Program 1: Finding Footprints
The Dutchess County Parks Nature Eaglet Program at Bowdoin offers an outdoor learning experience for youth ages five to seven along with their parents or caregivers. Through interactive exploration and play, children will take a closer look at our unique natural habitat at the park, with each week focusing on a different topic. Week 1 we will explore the art of tracking. Learn how to identify what animal prints you see, is it a deer, coyote, or bear? Good shoes and bugspray are suggested. Ages 5-7 only.
Location: BOWDOIN PARK
Dates: 4/25/2024 - 4/25/2024
Price: 5.00
Time: 4:00 PM - 4:05 PM
Seats Remaining: 6
Seats Remaining: 6

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2024 Spring Eaglet Program 2: Skulls and Scat
The Dutchess County Parks Nature Eaglet Program at Bowdoin offers an outdoor learning experience for youth ages five to seven along with their parents or caregivers. Through interactive exploration and play, children will take a closer look at our unique natural habitat at the park, with each week focusing on a different topic. Week 2 we will explore the exciting world of animal skulls and scat! We will learn to identify bones using replical skulls and immitation scat. Good shoes and bugspray are suggested. Ages 5-7 only.
Location: BOWDOIN PARK
Dates: 5/9/2024 - 5/9/2024
Price: 5.00
Time: 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Seats Remaining: 6
Seats Remaining: 6

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2024 Adult Park Palette at Quiet Cove 1
Calling all aspiring artists! Have you always wanted to explore nature painting but didn't know where to start? Now is your opportunity to learn. Park Naturalist -Jess Steinbach, will lead an exclusive workshop on painting a landscape using acrylic. Classes will take place Quiet Cove Waterfront Park. All supplies will be provided, and participants will be able to take their artwork home. Ages 16+. Fee is $12 per class. Dutchess County Parks program offerings and classes will close out at 10 participants.
Location: QUIET COVE RIVER FRONT PARK
Dates: 5/22/2024 - 5/22/2024
Price: 12.00
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 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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2024 Spring Eaglet Program 3: Pond Study
The Dutchess County Parks Nature Eaglet Program at Bowdoin offers an outdoor learning experience for youth ages five to seven along with their parents or caregivers. Through interactive exploration and play, children will take a closer look at our unique natural habitat at the park, with each week focusing on a different topic. Week3 we will be exploring our pond life! We will learn about the water cycle, frog life cycle, and meet bowdoin's snapping turtles! Waterproof shoes and bugspray are suggested. Ages 5-7 only.
Location: BOWDOIN PARK
Dates: 5/23/2024 - 5/23/2024
Price: 5.00
Time: 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Seats Remaining: 7
Seats Remaining: 7

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2024 Adult Park Palette at Quiet Cove 2
Calling all aspiring artists! Have you always wanted to explore nature painting but didn't know where to start? Now is your opportunity to learn. Park Naturalist -Jess Steinbach, will lead an exclusive workshop on painting a landscape using acrylic. Classes will take place Quiet Cove Waterfront Park. All supplies will be provided, and participants will be able to take their artwork home. Ages 16+. Fee is $12 per class. Dutchess County Parks program offerings and classes will close out at 10 participants.
Location: BOWDOIN PARK
Dates: 6/5/2024 - 6/5/2024
Price: 12.00
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 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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2024 Summer Survival Program Ages 9 - 11 Session 1
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 shelter. Topics will include: Basic Survival Techniques Basic Camouflage Animal Tracking Simple Hunting Techniques Group Hunting Techniques
Location: BOWDOIN PARK
Dates: 7/8/2024 - 7/11/2024
Price: 200.00
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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2024 Summer Adventure Program Ages 12 - 15 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 Foam Weapon Use Situational Awareness
Location: BOWDOIN PARK
Dates: 7/15/2024 - 7/18/2024
Price: 200.00
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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2024 Summer Survival Intensive Ages 12 -15
Ages 12-15 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 shelter. Topics will include: Basic Survival Review Advanced Camouflage Silent Movement Prehistoric Hunting Group Hunting Individual Survival Awareness
Location: BOWDOIN PARK
Dates: 7/15/2024 - 7/18/2024
Price: 200.00
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:00 AM
Seats Remaining: FULL (Contact the Bowdoin Office for possible openings)
Seats Remaining: FULL (Contact the Bowdoin Office for possible openings)

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2024 Summer Survival Program Ages 9 - 11 Session 2
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 shelter. Topics will include: Basic Survival Techniques Basic Camouflage Animal Tracking Simple Hunting Techniques Group Hunting Techniques
Location: BOWDOIN PARK
Dates: 7/22/2024 - 7/25/2024
Price: 200.00
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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2024 Summer Complete Survival Ages 12-15
Ages 12-15 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: BOWDOIN PARK
Dates: 7/29/2024 - 8/2/2024
Price: 200.00
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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2024 Summer Adventure Program Ages 12 -15 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 Foam Weapon Use Situational Awareness
Location: BOWDOIN PARK
Dates: 8/5/2024 - 8/8/2024
Price: 200.00
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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2024 Summer Living Adventure Program Ages 16-18
Ages 16-18 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: 8/12/2024 - 8/15/2024
Price: 200.00
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Seats Remaining: 16
Seats Remaining: 16

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