2019 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

To attend a workshop at the Shawangunk Nature Preserve, please call 315 826 7405 a week ahead for crafts workshops, and a day or two ahead for all others. Workshops are free except for materials fees as noted. Instructors are generously donating their time and skill, and donations from workshop attendees are also appreciated, but not required.
There is a good possibility that other workshops will be offered as the year unfolds, or changes may be made to this schedule. Please consult this website, call, or watch for newspaper notices.
 


April 20th, 10:30am - Noon
SYMBOL OF SPRING - A Pussy Willow Wreath

This miniature wreath is woven with sweet, wild willow twigs adorned with soft, downy catkins. Dried flowers may be added for extra color and texture, and we can create a little nest in the center to hold a pretty artificial bird or eggs, making a delightful symbol of spring to enjoy year round! Materials $10.


May 4th, 10:30am - Noon
THE MAGIC OF WATERCOLOR

Bring your own watercolor paints or watercolor pencils (or use ours) and let’s make a beautiful flower portrait to celebrate Spring. We will offer different techniques to explore and learn about.


May 11th, 10:30am - Noon
HOLISTIC HEALTH AND LIVING

Led by a healthy, 81 year old Counselor. Learn how to maximize your health with simple, every-day habits that can significantly improve well-being so that you live longer & healthier with lower health-care costs.


May 25th, 10:30am - Noon,
ORGANIC GARDENING

Come visit the 45 year old garden at Shawangunk where experts said nothing would grow. Many years of experiments and experience have gone into this soil and we’re happy to share what we’ve learned that may help you; from composting, fertilizing, permaculture crops, low-energy demanding tilling and more.


June 1st, 10:30 - Noon
PLANT IDENTIFICATION WALK with NATHALIE PARENT

This is the first of two walks; Early and Late summer. We will stroll around the woods and meadows of Shawangunk identifying and answering questions about the native flora of these unique habitats with wild flower specialist Nathalie Parent of Spring Farm Cares.


June 8th, 10:30 - Noon
THE ESSENCE OF LIFE

Discerning this has been and is still sought by nearly every thoughtful person. Discuss this ephemeral concept and hear what time tested philosophical and theological systems have to contribute to our understanding and experience. The leader has studied philosophy and world religions for 57 years.


June 15th, 9am -21pm
WILLOW BASKETRY

Peg Behrendt will teach you the special techniques evolved through human history that will be used to weave locally grown willow wands into a functional basket rich in earth colors. Bring a pair of strong hands, patience and perseverance. Materials $25. You may BYO lunch to eat at the Picnic Park next to Misty Brook. You must reserve at least a week ahead to allow adequate time for your willows to soak adequately!


June 22nd, 10:30 - Noon
SOLAR POWER ON A SMALL SCALE

Yes, you can set up a small solar electric system without a huge investment that may be enlarged as need and finances allow. See what’s required, where to get supplies and how to maintain a free source of power that’s wonderful for back-up when the grid goes down, or for buildings far away from hook-up.


June 29th, 9:00am - Noon
BARK BASKETRY

You’ll love the piney scent and rusticity of this sturdy, natural balsam-tree bark-basket in your home. We’ll peel the bark fresh from a tree; score it; bend it into shape; and stitch it with decorative techniques. Hands are guaranteed to become sticky and fragrant with balsam sap, but don’t worry; it washes off with warm soap and water! Materials $15. Reserve a week ahead. You may BYO lunch to eat at the Picnic Park next to Misty Brook.


July 13th, 10:30 - Noon
RUSTIC FURNITURE MAKING

Using fresh, local branches and twigs you’ll learn how to attach them to a nice board to form a small bench or table which may then be decorated with a mosaic of different colored twigs. Bring a portable drill, 1/8” drill bit(s), Phillips head screwdriver and Phillips head drill bit, a small pruning saw, hand pruners. Materials $20. Reserve a week ahead.


July 20th, 8:00am - ?
BIRD WALK WITH ORNITHOLOGIST, MATT PERRY of Spring Farm Cares in Clinton.

With Matt as our guide, we’ll stroll around and learn the songs and calls of many birds residing here at this time. He estimates that as many as 150 different species reside here because of the great variety of habitats protected by SNP.


July 27th, 10:30 - Noon
THE LIFE AND HABITS OF BEAVERS with OWEN & SHARON BROWN

This is a rare opportunity to spend time with the founders of Beavers, Wetlands & Wildlife. A short video and hike to one of our beaver ponds with these experts is sure to be informative, interesting and entertaining.


August 10th, 10:30 - Noon
PLANT IDENTIFICATION WALK with LISA FAZIO

The diversity of mature wild plants, large and small, at this time is going to be interesting to note. We’ll stroll through different habitats at Shawangunk and learn about them with herbalist, Lisa Fazio of The Root Circle lisa@therootcircle.com


August 17th, 10:30 - Noon
GOURDSKIT BASKET

This easy and delightful project involves weaving beautiful basketry material into a specially prepared gourd. A great activity for all ages! Materials: $15. Reserve a week ahead, please.


August 24th, 10:30 - Noon
THE PLEASURE OF POETRY

You can express your thoughts and feelings in a poem, essay, reflection, song…. Share something you’ve written with our group, and get tips on how to face that blank page and express yourself.


August 31, 10:30 - Noon
BIKE HIKE

Bring your own, or borrow a bike from the SNP bike stable for a slow paced, beautiful 4 ½ mile ride along the meadowlands and woods by Shawangunk. A view of the Adirondacks; a hint of autumns color, the fragrance and delicate colors of wild flowers will grace our journey.


September 14th 10:30 - Noon
STAIN GLASS WIND CHIMES

We have a variety of colorful pieces of small, stained glass pieces in many shapes that have been safely smoothed and drilled to choose from to create a cheery wind-chime to brighten your windows and create a merry tinkle of sound. Materials $15.00 Please reserve several days ahead)


September 21st 10:30 - Noon
FAMILY MEETINGS & NEGOTIATIONS

Many families could be living more harmoniously with some simple, fair and effective problem-solving methods that will be taught. These methods have been used globally in big businesses. Led by a NYS Certified Counselor. No fee.


September 28th 10:30 - Noon
STAIN GLASS BUTTERFLY

Out of only five, pre-cut and smoothed pieces of stained glass you can make a luminous butterfly to hang in a window. You may have the option of learning how to solder the pieces together into a single unit, or how to glue them to clear glass in a frame. Materials $20. Please reserve a week ahead.


October 12th 10:30 - Noon
BEADED PLANT GOURD

Create a beautiful container for a winter plant, odds & ends, mail or almost anything! On a prepared gourd we’ll stitch colorful seed beads along the rim in a lovely design. Materials $20.00 Please reserve a week ahead.


October 19th 10:30 - Noon
WAYS TO GREATER SELF-UNDERSTANDING

Dreams are pathways to the unconscious which, if handled with gentle wisdom can help us deal with life’s stresses. It’s the feeling they evoke more than the content that is important and can help us understand and adjust our conscious behavior to improve our lives. Find out how to use this precious tool. Guided by a Certified NYS Counselor.


October 26th 10:30 - Noon
DECORATIVE JAPANESE KNOTS

Learn how to weave one of these beautiful designs onto a smooth stone or wood piece to hold down papers on your desk. Once the basic movement is mastered, the process can be peaceful and meditative. Materials $10.


November 9th 10:30 - Noon
FUNCTIONING WELL WITH DIFFICULT FEELINGS

Our NYS Certified Counselor with sixty years of experience will offer his wisdom on practical ways to manage the feelings and parts of ourselves that can make life unpleasant and difficult.


November 16th 10:30 - Noon
BEADED PUPPET ORNAMENT

Beads from old jewelry and a bit of wire will be turned into adorable figurines that will add charm and color any place you hang them. Bring your own collection and/or draw from our own to create your unique “people.” Materials: $10.


November 30th Choose 1 hour between 9am and Noon
BALSAM WREATH, KISSING BALL OR CENTERPIECE

Fresh, fragrant balsam from the Shawangunk Preserve can be worked into your choice of decoration. Please call ahead to reserve your time and materials, and please dress warmly. Materials $15


December 7th Choose 1 hour between 9am and Noon
BALSAM WREATH, KISSING BALL OR CENTERPIECE

Fresh, fragrant balsam from the Shawangunk Preserve can be worked into your choice of decoration. Please call ahead to reserve your time and materials, and please dress warmly. Materials $15



 


 

  Pussywillow Wreath

Rustic furniture Making

Watercolor Flowers

Organic Gardening





Small Solar Energy Systems

Rustic table with Mosaic Twig Top



Decorative Japanese Knits

Beaded Gourd

Beaded Puppet

Gourdskit - Woven Gourd

Stain Glass butterfly

Wreath Making with the Oneida Elders

Tim looks through a wreath

 

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