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.





2022 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: WILCOX PARK
Dates: 7/25/2022 - 7/29/2022
Price: 175.00
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:00 AM
Seats Remaining: 6
Seats Remaining: 6

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2022 Summer Living Survival 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: 8/8/2022 - 8/11/2022
Price: 175.00
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:00 AM
Seats Remaining: 16
Seats Remaining: 16

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