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January 5, 2017 to March 16, 2017

Thursdays from January 5th through March 16th, 10am weather permitting. While the weather outside is frightful, explore the outdoors, indoors! The Visitor Center is a great place for toddlers to be this winter. Cozy up in the Discovery Room for a nature-themed story and an activity. Hear about napping animals, hungry birds, or icy tracks and celebrate the snowy season while we wait for spring. This program is for children ages 2-5 with their parents or guardians. After the story time, families are encouraged to explore the Visitor Center and check out the Kids’ Corner, Children’s Forest, or wander the Grafton Sensory Trail. Mohonk Preserve reserves the right to cancel the program in inclement weather. Please call 845-255-0919 after 9 am on Thursdays and ask the front desk about the status of the program. This program takes place at the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center and is a free program.

February 2, 2017 to February 23, 2017

7pm February 2-23.  Free. The Shawangunk Ridge Biodiversity Partnership (SRBP) presents a free public lecture series, Secrets of the Shawangunks, providing information on conservation topics and biodiversity in the Shawangunk  Ridge region. The lectures, which will take place at SUNY New Paltz and SUNY Ulster, are open to the public and free of charge. The lecture on Thursday, February 23rd will be held at SUNY Ulster Stone Ridge Campus, Vanderlyn Hall, College Lounge, Room 203, and all other lectures will take place on Thursday evenings at the SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center, Room 102.

February 2nd, 7:00pm-8:30pmGlacial History of the Catskills and Mid-Hudson Valley - Setting The Table For Our Region's Ecology, with Dr. John  A. Rayburn, Associate Professor of Environmental Geology and Geomorphology at SUNY New Paltz. This lecture will take place at SUNY New Paltz.

February 9th, 7:00pm-8:30pmReviving the American Chestnut, with Dr. Allison Oakes, Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Plant Science and Biotechnology at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. This lecture will take place at SUNY New Paltz.

February 16th, 7:00-8:30pm– Porcupines in Our Presence, with Melissa Gillmer, Head Zookeeper at Trailsides Museum and Zoo at Bear Mountain State Park.This lecture will take place at SUNY New Paltz.

February 23rd, 7:00pm-8:30pm– Fire on the Ridge, with Gabe Chapin, Forest Ecologist with The Nature Conservancy and Hank Alicandri, Director of the Sam’s Point Area of Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This lecture will take place at SUNY Ulster.

These lectures, promoting biodiversity on the ridge, are open to the public and free of charge. Cancellations due to winter weather will be announced on many area radio stations.  These lectures are co-sponsored by the SUNY New Paltz Biology Department, and will take place at the SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center, Room 102  and at SUNY Ulster’s Stone Ridge Campus in theCollege Lounge, Room 203 Vanderlyn Hall

For directions and campus maps, see: Click here for directions to SUNY New Paltz and a campus map. No parking permit is required after 6:30 pm. Click here for directions to SUNY Ulster and a campus map.  SUNY Ulster parking in Lot D; no permit required.  

March 11, 2017

Saturday, March 11, 10am. Join the race organizers as they guide you through a modified leg of the course starting and ending at the Spring Farm Trailhead. We'll split into hiking and running groups. The hiking distance is 8 miles, and the running group will accommodate paces from slow to moderate, and offer distance options up to 18 miles. Each group will receive tips and training ideas on how to successfully complete the challenge. Excellent for endurance and relay participants. No fee but registration required. REGISTER HERE.

March 19, 2017

Sunday March 19th, 1-3pm (raindate Sunday, March 26th). Join the Longbotham Family, Mohonk Preserve Volunteers, and come along for a short hike and a sweet treat as you join in the fun of maple sugaring! Be ready to tromp through the snow or mud, help out in the sugarbush, and learn how to make syrup just like generations of families have done. Children ages 4 and up are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. This program includes an easy, 1-mile hike. Wear boots and warm clothing. Space is limited; registration is required The fee per person is $5 and is required at the time of registration.


March 25, 2017

Saturday, March 25th, 2-4pm. Ann Guenther, Naturalist and former Mohonk Preserve Educator, will lead this search for signs of spring such as new green shoots, a bug, or sap dripping from a Maple tree. Enjoy a leisurely stroll during the season of the warming earth. All ages are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. This program includes an easy 2 mile hike. Dress for the weather. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve Spring Farm Trailhead. This is a free program.

April 8, 2017

Saturday, April 8th, 9am. The annual Rock and Snow "Bridge 2 Bridge" Five Mile Run will be hosted by the Shawangunk Runners and all the proceeds will benefit Mohonk Preserve.The course offers a rare chance to race on some of the most extraordinary running trails in the U.S., with five miles of gently rolling carriage roads. The course is clearly marked and features water stops. All runners will receive a great-looking commemorative T-shirt and enjoy free post-race refreshments. Prizes will be awarded to the overall winners and winners in ten-year age groups.

This race is limited to 300 runners so click here to register today!

May 6, 2017

Saturday, May 6th, 6am.  Rock The Ridge is a 50-mile endurance challenge and environmental fundraiser set in the natural beauty of Mohonk Preserve, a vast, nonprofit nature preserve situated in the mid-Hudson Valley of New York State. The goal is to traverse a 50-mile course within 24 hours by walking, hiking, or running. The course winds along carriage roads and paths through the forests and over the ridgelines of the Preserve, lands which The Nature Conservancy has described as “one of Earth's last great places.”

Click here to learn more.

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