Get Into Nature
THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELED. Join Mohonk Preserve Educator, Christy Belardo in exploring the outdoors in search of signs of spring. Search for flowers in bloom, birds nesting, and insects emerging. This program will involve a small craft and story. Children ages 5-10 welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. This is an indoor program with brief outdoor activity if weather permits. Reservations are required as space is limited, only participants are required to register (but a parent/guardian must be present for the duration of the program).
Saturday, April 7th, 7am-8:30am. Join Mohonk Preserve Conservation Science staff on an early morning bird walk. No experience necessary, beginners welcome. Bring binoculars if you own a pair (a few pairs will be available on a first come first served basis). This program includes a 1-2 mile walk. Space is limited, Registration is required. Free for Mohonk Preserve members. Non-members receive a complimentary day pass at their first walk. Non-members are welcome to join for the series but will be required to purchase a day pass ($15) or membership thereafter. REGISTER HERE.
Saturday, April 7th, 1:30-3:30pm. 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.
Saturday, April 14th, 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!
Saturday, April 14th, 9pm-11pm. (Raindate: April 15th). Join Raj Pandya, Director of the John R. Kirk Planetarium at SUNY New Paltz, for an evening of stargazing. Enjoy the magnificent view at the Slingerland Pavilion as you admire the constellations. Ages 5 and up welcome. Space is limited, register early. This program involves a 1/2 mile uphill walk from parking area. Remember to bring layers and a folding chair or blanket to lie on to view the constellations. $5 per person. Registration is required. REGISTER HERE.
Thursday, April 19th through Sunday, April 22nd 10am-4pm. As part of the ongoing campaign to make Ulster the healthiest county in New York, Mohonk Preserve is offering a free, one-month membership for residents of Ulster County. Visitors with proof of Ulster County residency may obtain their passes at the Preserve Visitor Center from 10am to 4pm Thursday, April 19th through Sunday, April 22nd and at the Spring Farm Trailhead from 10am to 4pm Saturday, April 21st and Sunday, April 22nd. The membership passes will be valid through May 20, 2018. Passes must be picked up in person, with the exception of minors, whose parent or guardian may pick up a pass on their behalf.
Saturday, April 21st, 10am-1pm (rain date: Sunday, April 22nd). As the earth begins to warm, the forest reawakens with beauty. Join Michael Rider, Preserve volunteer, for a walk in the woods and learn to identify coltsfoot, bloodroot, hepatica, spring beauties and more! Ages 15 and up are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. This program includes an easy, 3-mile hike. Dogs must always be kept on a leash. Space is limited; Registration is required. REGISTER HERE.
Saturday, April 28th, 10am-1pm (rain date: Sunday, April 29th). As the earth begins to warm, the forest reawakens with beauty. Join Michael Rider, Preserve volunteer, for a walk in the woods and learn to identify coltsfoot, bloodroot, hepatica, spring beauties and more! Ages 15 and up are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. This program includes an easy, 3-mile hike. Dogs must always be kept on a leash. Space is limited; Registration is required. REGISTER HERE.
Saturday, May 19th, 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.”