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    Awosting Falls Hike

    Discover Outdoors
    Come enjoy the stunning setting of Minnewaska State Park and Awosting Falls! Your journey of a moderate nine miles begins at the famous glacial Lake Minnewaska. Along the way, expect to see sharply tilted masses of rock, crevices and pinnacles that characterize the Shawangunk Mountains. The ridgeline will afford jaw-dropping views of the Hudson Valley, including some of the most famous climbing areas in the Gunks. Following a bridal path on the way back, your hike takes you to Awosting Falls: the perfect ending to a great day. It's a wonderful experience of wooded trails, stunning views, and a beautiful waterfall.
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    Aerial Adventure Park

    The Adventure Park at Long Island
    Experience a day full to the brim with friends, family, and adventure, high up amidst the trees at the amazing Adventure Park! As a child or an adult, you won't be able to help but feel a sense of wonder and excitement as you look up at a series of platforms in the trees connected by cable, wood, rope and zip lines to form bridges, each presenting you a different challenge of how to get to the next level and navigate through the forest. Relax -- you don't have to be a circus acrobat or Tarzan! You'll get to choose from ten different color-coded trails, from 'beginner' (easier and lower to the ground) to intermediate, to advanced, depending on which you feel the most comfortable and confident with. Of course, you will receive a complete safety orientation before your climb, and a double-connected"always-locked-on'climbing system will keep your climbing harness securely attached to the safety line at all times. Feel completely safe as you explore the trails which were intentionally designed for your self-discovery, making lessons unnecessary!
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    Medicinal Herbs 101

    Remedies Herb Shop
    The art and science of herbal medicine has existed for millennia. Continue a fine tradition with this introductory course! You'll learn the basics of Traditional Herbal Medicine according to the Wise Woman Tradition, and how it compares to other healing modalities and Modern Western Medicine. Get to know your green allies and learn how to prepare your own herbal medicine, including tinctures, infusions, oils, and salves. You will even get to take your medicine home with you. Come on down, and see how you can make nature work for you-- and, of course, for your health.
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    Hike & Hound

    Discover Outdoors
    Discover Outdoors let the dogs out... and they're itching for adventure. In a city lacking places for pups to explore, you'll head to Animal Haven, a non-profit dog shelter, for a private volunteer orientation with the Animal Haven staff (counts as the first of two for certification as an Animal Haven volunteer), and to meet your new four-legged best friends for the day. You will embrace the beauty, nature, and fresh air of the great outdoors, as you hike trails, boulders, and waterfalls. With man's best friend by your side, you may even indulge in a few belly rubs. Escape the hectic cityscape and take in a nature-filled adventure with an adorable dog.
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    Aerial Adventure Park (Twilight Ticket)

    The Adventure Park at Long Island
    Experience an evening full to the brim with friends, family, and adventure, high up amidst the trees at the amazing Adventure Park! As a child or an adult, you won't be able to help but feel a sense of wonder and excitement as you look up at a series of platforms in the trees connected by cable, wood, rope and zip lines to form bridges, each presenting you a different challenge of how to get to the next level and navigate through the forest. Relax -- you don't have to be a circus acrobat or Tarzan! You'll get to choose from ten different color-coded trails, from 'beginner' (easier and lower to the ground) to intermediate, to advanced, depending on which you feel the most comfortable and confident with. Of course, you will receive a complete safety orientation before your climb, and a double-connected"always-locked-on'climbing system will keep your climbing harness securely attached to the safety line at all times. Feel completely safe as you explore the trails which were intentionally designed for your self-discovery, making lessons unnecessary!
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    Raccoon Brook Hike

    Discover Outdoors
    Nothing says outdoorsy like a hike through diverse terrain and scenery! Embark on a Raccoon Brook hike, and expect to pass through large boulders, wander through mountain laurel tickets, and glimpse understories of blueberry bushes and cross intermittent streams. As you continue to climb, you will reach a rock ledge covered in scrub oak and pitch pine with a dramatic overlook of Harriman State Park to the southwest. After reaching the top of the mountain, you'll enjoy the breathtaking scenery with a lunch break before heading back down to where you started. Cross over the Pine Meadow Dam to continue on the rest of the hike, which follows the babbling Stony Brook and is a particularly scenic route back to the visitor's center. It's a great way to take in nature and enjoy this scenic area.
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    Foraging for Wild Food Tour - Central Park

    Wildman Steve Brill
    Do you really want to pay an excessive amount for that organic, non-GMO produce from the local health food store? With foraging, the activity of searching for wild food sources, you can cut the middle man out and learn how to draw straight from the source. This foraging expedition will take you through Central Park, which is a haven for native and exotic plants. Expect to find everything from mild-flavored stands of garlic to daylily shoots, chickweed, and garlic mustard greens. During this unique trekk through the park, you'll find and develop the techniques to pinpoint edible food in the outdoors. Swing by for a not-so-ordinary experience that'll make you think twice the next time you hear about something being a "walk in the park." Soon you'll be treating every walk through nature like a chance to find natural plants, greens, and roots!
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    Foraging for Wild Food Tour - Prospect Park

    Wildman Steve Brill
    Do you really want to pay an excessive amount for that organic, non-GMO produce from the local health food store? With foraging, the activity of searching for wild food sources, you can cut the middle man out and learn how to draw straight from the source. This foraging expedition will take you through Prospect Park, which is a haven for native and exotic plants. Expect to find everything from mild-flavored stands of garlic to daylily shoots, chickweed, and garlic mustard greens. During this unique trekk through the park, you'll find and develop the techniques to pinpoint edible food in the outdoors. Swing by for a not-so-ordinary experience that'll make you think twice the next time you hear about something being a "walk in the park." Soon you'll be treating every walk through nature like a chance to find natural plants, greens, and roots!
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    Hike Along the Appalachian Trail

    Native Landscapes
    Member of the hiking Triple Crown, landmark destination for trekkers across the country, and home to some of America's prettiest wildlife. This. Is. The Appalachian Trail. With renown environmentalist, Pete Muroski, you'll first learn in the Native Landscapes Garden Center about the indigenous plants, and the symbiotic relationship between Appalachia's plants, animals, birds, insects, and our planet. Then, you'll get a breath of fresh air as you're taken on a beautiful hike along the trail. You'll discuss such topics as climate change, micro-climates, migrating birds, different soil compositions, and why it is important to you. Whether you're nature obsessed, itching to explore Earth's beauty, or simply searching for a journey, a hike with an environmentalist will satisfy each and every desire. It's time to discover the great outdoors!
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    Catskills High Peak HIke

    Gear to Go Outfitters
    Are you on the outside looking in or the inside looking out? Forget the metaphors! Come along for a hiking trip to the very top of the tallest peak in the Catskills. Hike to the top of a 4180' peak in the heart of the Catskill Mountains for a panoramic view of the region. You will depart early from New York City. Once you arrive, you will see the beautiful trees, mountains, and landscapes of the area. Expect to come home feeling refreshed and ready to rejoin civilization. Note: The difficulty level of this hike is moderate: These trips are recommended for people who exercise at least 1-2 times per week and can handle a day of high exertion. Expect steady, but not sharp, elevation gains of 1-2,000 feet and distances between 6 and 10 miles. Just about everyone without major health issues can comfortably participate in this level of hike. Gear to Go Outfitters has teamed up with Blue Apron Foods to offer boxed lunches that are available for purchase the day of your trip.
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