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Education Programs

The park naturalists offer children and adults of all ages an opportunity to experience the natural world first hand. Our programs combine hands-on activities with guided discovery. This fosters a better connection, allowing the lesson to stay with the student long after they have left the park. We have curriculum based programs for schools, scout programs, and public programs offered throughout the year. These range from pond ecology and mammal studies to prehistoric Native American life and basic survival skills.

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The Park Palette Art Series - ALL CLASSES FULL

Calling all 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. Starting January 21, Park Naturalist -Jessica Steinbach, will lead a three-week series on how to paint native animals and sunset landscapes using acrylic. Classes will follow a step by step format, and will take place at Bowdoin Park -Pavilion 5 from 3:30-5:00pm. All supplies will be provided, and students will be able to take their artwork home. Choose one workshop or take all three!  Fee is $12 per class and registration opens Monday, January 11, 2021. Dutchess County Parks follows all NYS COVID regulations during program offerings and classes will close out at 10 participants.

Class 1 Majestic Eagle   Thursday, January 21, 2021. Youth will learn basic blending of colors and how to create highlights, shadows and textures.

Class 2 Sunset Over the Hudson Thursday, January 28, 2021. Youth will learn how to paint reflections on water, as well as experiment with creating depth within sky and clouds.

Class 3 Curious Red Fox Thursday, February 4, 2021. Youth will learn how to paint unique backgrounds, textures (such as fur), and how to paint small details using smaller brushes.