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 Winter Park Palette 1: Snowy Landscape
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 -Jess Steinbach, will lead a three-week series on how to paint native animals and season scenes. Classes will be an open workshop format and will take place at Bowdoin Park -Pavilion 5 from 3:30-4:45pm. 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 winter landscape with snowy pines, and an animal of the students choice.
Location: BOWDOIN PARK
Dates: 1/25/2022 - 1/25/2022
Price: 12.00
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Seats Remaining: 7
Seats Remaining: 7

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2022 Weekend Archery : Winter Session 10am
This program is designed for children and adults with any level of experience in archery. The first class will be a review of basic archery safety and skills for those who may not have attended in the past. The majority of the time will be spent practicing with the bows, learning through experience. The program consists of 5 classes, held on Saturdays, with several time slots to choose from. Each class lasts an hour. All equipment is provided. Children must be 8 years of age or older to participate. Sign-up is required. For more info please call (845) 298-4602. Session Dates : Saturday, Jan 29th Saturday, Feb 12th Saturday, Feb 19th Saturday, Feb 26th Saturday, Mar 12th Time Slot: 10:00am to 11:00am Cost: $60 per person (for all 5 classes) Location: The sessions will be in the auditorium at Bowdoin Park, located at 85 Sheafe Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.
Location: BOWDOIN PARK
Dates: 1/29/2022 - 3/12/2022
Price: 60.00
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Seats Remaining: FULL (Contact the Bowdoin Office for possible openings)
Seats Remaining: FULL (Contact the Bowdoin Office for possible openings)

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2022 Weekend Archery : Winter Session 11:30am
This program is designed for children and adults with any level of experience in archery. The first class will be a review of basic archery safety and skills for those who may not have attended in the past. The majority of the time will be spent practicing with the bows, learning through experience. The program consists of 5 classes, held on Saturdays, with several time slots to choose from. Each class lasts an hour. All equipment is provided. Children must be 8 years of age or older to participate. Sign-up is required. For more info please call (845) 298-4602. Session Dates : Saturday, Jan 29th Saturday, Feb 12th Saturday, Feb 19th Saturday, Feb 26th Saturday, Mar 12th Time Slot: 11:30am to 12:30am Cost: $60 per person (for all 5 classes) Location: The sessions will be in the auditorium at Bowdoin Park, located at 85 Sheafe Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.
Location: BOWDOIN PARK
Dates: 1/29/2022 - 3/12/2022
Price: 60.00
Time: 11:30 AM - 12:30 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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2022 Weekend Archery : Winter Session 2pm
This program is designed for children and adults with any level of experience in archery. The first class will be a review of basic archery safety and skills for those who may not have attended in the past. The majority of the time will be spent practicing with the bows, learning through experience. The program consists of 5 classes, held on Saturdays, with several time slots to choose from. Each class lasts an hour. All equipment is provided. Children must be 8 years of age or older to participate. Sign-up is required. For more info please call (845) 298-4602. Session Dates : Saturday, Jan 29th Saturday, Feb 12th Saturday, Feb 19th Saturday, Feb 26th Saturday, Mar 12th Time Slot: 2:00pm to 3:00pm Cost: $60 per person (for all 5 classes) Location: The sessions will be in the auditorium at Bowdoin Park, located at 85 Sheafe Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.
Location: BOWDOIN PARK
Dates: 1/29/2022 - 3/12/2022
Price: 60.00
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 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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2022 Weekend Archery : Winter Session 3:30pm
This program is designed for children and adults with any level of experience in archery. The first class will be a review of basic archery safety and skills for those who may not have attended in the past. The majority of the time will be spent practicing with the bows, learning through experience. The program consists of 5 classes, held on Saturdays, with several time slots to choose from. Each class lasts an hour. All equipment is provided. Children must be 8 years of age or older to participate. Sign-up is required. For more info please call (845) 298-4602. Session Dates : Saturday, Jan 29th Saturday, Feb 12th Saturday, Feb 19th Saturday, Feb 26th Saturday, Mar 12th Time Slot: 3:30pm to 4:30pm Cost: $60 per person (for all 5 classes) Location: The sessions will be in the auditorium at Bowdoin Park, located at 85 Sheafe Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.
Location: BOWDOIN PARK
Dates: 1/29/2022 - 3/12/2022
Price: 60.00
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:30 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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2022 Weekend Archery : Winter Session 8:30am
This program is designed for children and adults with any level of experience in archery. The first class will be a review of basic archery safety and skills for those who may not have attended in the past. The majority of the time will be spent practicing with the bows, learning through experience. The program consists of 5 classes, held on Saturdays, with several time slots to choose from. Each class lasts an hour. All equipment is provided. Children must be 8 years of age or older to participate. Sign-up is required. For more info please call (845) 298-4602. Session Dates : Saturday, Jan 29th Saturday, Feb 12th Saturday, Feb 19th Saturday, Feb 26th Saturday, Mar 12th Time Slot: 8:30am to 9:30am Cost: $60 per person (for all 5 classes) Location: The sessions will be in the auditorium at Bowdoin Park, located at 85 Sheafe Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.
Location: BOWDOIN PARK
Dates: 1/29/2022 - 3/12/2022
Price: 60.00
Time: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Seats Remaining: FULL (Contact the Bowdoin Office for possible openings)
Seats Remaining: FULL (Contact the Bowdoin Office for possible openings)

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2022 Winter Park Palette 2: Snowy Owl
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 -Jess Steinbach, will lead a three-week series on how to paint native animals and season scenes. Classes will be an open workshop format and will take place at Bowdoin Park -Pavilion 5 from 3:30-4:45pm. 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 Snowy Owl.
Location: BOWDOIN PARK
Dates: 2/1/2022 - 2/1/2022
Price: 12.00
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Seats Remaining: 7
Seats Remaining: 7

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2022 Winter Park Palette 3: Free Paint!
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 -Jess Steinbach, will lead a three-week series on how to paint native animals and season scenes. Classes will be an open workshop format and will take place at Bowdoin Park -Pavilion 5 from 3:30-4:45pm. 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 the students choice, bring in a printed photo or an object they wish to paint!
Location: BOWDOIN PARK
Dates: 2/15/2022 - 2/15/2022
Price: 12.00
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Seats Remaining: 8
Seats Remaining: 8

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