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.





2021 Fall Eaglet Session 1- Love Your Mother Nature
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. This Session will focus on Nature Appreciation, dissecting all that we get from the natural world, and seeking beauty in the every day things we often overlook. We will take a short hike to our Grandmother Tree and finish with a craft.
Location: BOWDOIN PARK
Dates: 10/5/2021 - 10/5/2021
Price: 5.00
Time: 4:00 PM - 4:45 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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2021 Fall Eaglet Session 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. Session 2 we will focus on identifying Native animals in the area using their skulls and scat! We will take a hike in search of things left behind and analyze what we find. We will end with a craft,
Location: BOWDOIN PARK
Dates: 10/19/2021 - 10/19/2021
Price: 5.00
Time: 4:00 PM - 4:45 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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2021 Fall Park Palette 1: Leaves, Trees and Pumpkins
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. Park Naturalist -Jessica Steinbach, will lead a three-week series on how to paint native animals and season scenes. 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 clas. Dutchess County Parks follows all NYS COVID regulations during program offerings, parents are not permitted to stay. The subject of our painting will be a fall scene with changing leaves and a trail with pumpkins/jack-o-lanterns.
Location: BOWDOIN PARK
Dates: 11/2/2021 - 11/2/2021
Price: 12.00
Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Seats Remaining: 2
Seats Remaining: 2

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2021 Fall Eaglet Session 3- 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. Session 3 we will focus on tracking animals footprints, we will learn how all prints are different and hike to our outdoor tracking box to see what animals have passed through. We will finish with a craft.
Location: BOWDOIN PARK
Dates: 11/4/2021 - 11/4/2021
Price: 5.00
Time: 4:00 PM - 4:45 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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2021 Fall Park Palette 2: The Great Blue Heron
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. Park Naturalist -Jessica Steinbach, will lead a three-week series on how to paint native animals and season scenes. 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 clas. Dutchess County Parks follows all NYS COVID regulations during program offerings, parents are not permitted to stay. The subject of class will be the elegent Great Blue Heron and a swamp scene.
Location: BOWDOIN PARK
Dates: 11/9/2021 - 11/9/2021
Price: 12.00
Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Seats Remaining: 3
Seats Remaining: 3

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2021 Fall Park Palette 3: Gnome Sweet Gnome
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. Park Naturalist -Jessica Steinbach, will lead a three-week series on how to paint native animals and season scenes. 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 clas. Dutchess County Parks follows all NYS COVID regulations during program offerings, parents are not permitted to stay. The subject will be some colorful crazy Garden Gnomes, whose style will be left up to the creativity of the kids!
Location: BOWDOIN PARK
Dates: 11/16/2021 - 11/16/2021
Price: 12.00
Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Seats Remaining: 5
Seats Remaining: 5

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