Please read the following messages from the Dutchess County Parks Department:
  • POSSESION of / SERVING OF HARD LIQUOR IS NOT PERMITTED AT ANY COUNTY PARK - NO EXCEPTIONS. BEER/WINE BEVERAGE APPLICATION MUST BE APPROVED with INSURANCE. VIOLATION IS SUBJECT LOSS OF ENTIRE SECUIRTY FEE;Park Staff will request permits.

Park Programs

The Dutchess County Parks Division is offering a variety of educational programs this summer. Our programs give children an opportunity to experience and learn about the natural history of our parks. Each session focuses on various aspects of environmental awareness, prehistoric Native American culture, and survival skills. Our goal is to give children a deeper understanding and appreciation of nature within a fun and entertaining atmosphere. We also try to instill a sense of personal responsibility and teamwork during each session. We look forward to seeing you this summer.

If you have any questions regarding the following programs, please contact the Park Naturalist at 845-298-4602 or by email at parknaturalist@dutchessny.gov.

*These programs are on a first come, first serve basis. Be sure to register early.

2018 Summer Day Program Session 2
Ages 9-11 Our day program is a combination of nature study and survival skills. Children will explore forest habitats, hike through the park’s many trails, and observe native wildlife. Our focus this year is hunting and gathering. Topics will include: Silent Movement & Natural Camouflage Basic Hunting Techniques Animal Tracking Basic Traps Edible Plants
Location: Bowdoin Park
Dates: 7/23/2018 - 7/26/2018
Price: 170.00
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Seats Remaining: 13
Seats Remaining: 13

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2018 Summer Day Program Session 1
Ages 9-11 Our day program is a combination of nature study and survival skills. Children will explore forest habitats, hike through the park’s many trails, and observe native wildlife. Our focus this year is hunting and gathering. Topics will include: Silent Movement & Natural Camouflage Basic Hunting Techniques Animal Tracking Basic Traps Edible Plants
Location: Bowdoin Park
Dates: 7/9/2018 - 7/12/2018
Price: 170.00
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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2018 Survival Intensive Session 1
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 and gathering. Topics will include: Silent Movement & Camouflage Hunting Techniques Animal Tracking Traps Survival Awareness Edible Plants
Location: Bowdoin Park
Dates: 7/16/2018 - 7/19/2018
Price: 170.00
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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2018 Survival Intensive Session 2
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 and gathering. Topics will include: Silent Movement & Camouflage Hunting Techniques Animal Tracking Traps Survival Awareness Edible Plants
Location: Bowdoin Park
Dates: 8/6/2018 - 8/9/2018
Price: 170.00
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Seats Remaining: 11
Seats Remaining: 11

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2018 Living Survival
Ages 15-17 The living survival program is designed to mimic a real survival situation. A scenario will be presented that will last throughout the week. This scenario will be framed in the context of a story. The participants will have to use all of their skills and knowledge to complete the many challenges they will face. We will be making fires, purifying water, finding edible plants, tracking, using camouflage, and much more.
Location: Bowdoin Park
Dates: 8/13/2018 - 8/16/2018
Price: 170.00
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Seats Remaining: 4
Seats Remaining: 4

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2018 Complete Survival
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 the 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 in groups to accomplish tasks and challenges.
Location: Wilcox Park
Dates: 7/30/2018 - 8/2/2018
Price: 170.00
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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2018 Adventure Intensive Session 1
Ages 12-14 Our adventure day program is designed to duplicate the excitement of a movie or videogame in a physical way. Participants will learn archery, 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 in which the participants have to use all of their new-found skills to overcome obstacles and win the game. Archery Group Strategy and Problem Solving Nerf Tag Battles Foam Weapon Construction and Use Situational Awareness
Location: Bowdoin Park
Dates: 7/16/2018 - 7/19/2018
Price: 170.00
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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2018 Adventure Intensive Session 2
Ages 12-14 Our adventure day program is designed to duplicate the excitement of a movie or videogame in a physical way. Participants will learn archery, 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 in which the participants have to use all of their new-found skills to overcome obstacles and win the game. Archery Group Strategy and Problem Solving Nerf Tag Battles Foam Weapon Construction and Use Situational Awareness
Location: Bowdoin Park
Dates: 8/6/2018 - 8/9/2018
Price: 170.00
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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