ECO HUNTS TAKE PLACE ON SUNDAYS ONLY. STOP BY THE LIFEGUARD OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION!
New York Department of Environmental Conservation agency believes that environmental education is one of the greatest experiences Belleayre Mountain can offer its guests. What a better way to enjoy the area’s offerings, then to learn about the local wildlife and indigenous flora that makes up our local Catskill Mountain Region.
Both children and adults are invited to explore the variety of eco-adventure programming throughout the summer months. Exploratory hikes, hands-on nature crafts, local legend and lore are just a few of the great opportunities scheduled for all to enjoy, FREE of charge. Learn about solar power, planting trees, and mini-ecosystems, all in the comforts of Belleayre Mountain’s beautiful facility.
Check out our events Calendar!
|National Trails Day.
(Designated by the American Hiking Society)
We want to encourage our beachgoers to get out beyond the beach -- but safely -- get out and explore our diverse hiking opportunities.DEC Forest Ranger Kenneth Gierloff will join us for a talk about safe day-hiking, safe backpacking at 3pm
Water Safety Weekend @ the Belleayre Beach
2012 is the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the first U.S. volunteer livesaving service by the YMCA. Our Belleayre Beach Lifeguards will be doing a couple of Emergency Action Plan drills that we tell the public about.
Free Fishing Weekend @ The Belleayre Beach.
The Beach will have gear, bait and fishing experts available from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Check out some
Fly-tying demos if it isn't too windy!
Sample Eco-Adventure Program Schedule and Descriptions
The DEC Jr. Naturalist Program will be held as an activity on Saturdays at 3:00pm. Work from New York State’s Integrated Nature Program. Earn a badge for completing the NYSDEC Jr. Naturalist workbook (Follow this link and you are leaving the Belleayre website.)
“Walking Stick Making,” Create authentic and creative “handmade” walking sticks at the “Hiking Stick Craft Table” -a nice utility for safe hiking practices. This will be followed by a guided hike to test drive your new walking sticks!
“Natural Cosmetic and Lotion Making,” Discover that you can make your very own, natural cosmetics and body lotions with herbs and other prducts right from your very own home!
“Firetower Hike,” . Join our group in an intermediate hike to Belleayre’s historic fire tower. Be sure to wear your supportive hiking shoes and bring your picnic lunch. Enjoy hearing some past history of the eastern side of the Belleayre Ridge line and experience the Belleayre Sky Ride to the top of the mountain.
“Guess What Animal I am” Workshop Learn about various animal’s characteristics and traits in order to be able to identify what animal the leader ask about!
'“Ridgeline Hike and Picnic,”Let our hiking guides lead you in a casual, moderate hike on top of Belleayre Mountain’s Ridge line. Bring your lunch and we will picnic overlooking the rolling landscape of the Catskill Park.
“Lake Ecology Hike,”The Pine Hill Lake is an ecosystem for many different types of animals and plant life. Join us for a beginner hike around the lake and an examination of various living, lake habitats.
“Web of Life Activity,” This children’s activity will demonstrate how all plants, animals, and environments are connected and dependent upon each other. An interactive, group game will engage children and give them a visual “web” to learn about our “connectedness.”
“Birding Hike,” Participate in an intermediate hike with a mission of listening and viewing local birds of the area. Join a well-learned “birder” to experience the opportunity to get to know the Pine Hill Birds of Upper Ulster County.
Bottled Biology,” Kids will create their own ecosystem together as a group! They will learn how to make a small, biological menagerie of natural items found around the Pine Hill Lake.
“Making Recycled Journals,” This is a paper project that will be using several types of natural papers to create a recycled journal for your use. You get to bring the journal home with you!!!
“Silent Hike,” Belleayre’s beautiful Cross Country Trails are a perfect place to leisurely enjoy our mountain. This open/ adult hike will emphasize the importance of paying attention to the environment itself, as we will be hiking in silence. What true appreciation of our Forever Wild Mountain! Pack your picnic lunch to enjoy at the end of our hike.
“Photography Hike,” Enjoy a visual exploration with views perfect for pictures. Be sure to bring your camera for unforgettable memories in the Catskills. Our guide will show you just the right spot for the “perfect shot.”
“Taste Sensory Workshop,” Pay attention to your taste buds! This fun children’s workshop will emphasize our capacities to taste different types of things!
“Exploring the World under the Scope,” Using microscopes, the group will explore how much there is in a small environment.