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September 2, 2014 to September 7, 2014

Tuesday, September 2nd, through Sunday, September 7th, 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 from Tuesday, September 2nd, through Sunday, September 7th, and at the Spring Farm Trailhead from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, September 6th, and Sunday, September 7th. The membership passes will be good through October 2, 2014. Passes must be picked up in person, with the exception of minors, whose parent or guardian may pick up a pass on their behalf.

September 2, 2014

Tuesdays in June, July, August, and September, 6-7:15pm. Sponsored by Ulster Savings and Marshall & Sterling Enterprises, Inc.  Breathe deep as you relax and take in the fresh air and mountain views. Join Jacqui Nash, of The Yoga House, as you unwind from your day and reconnect with yourself in this beautiful outdoor setting. The series will focus on Vinyasa Yoga for beginner and intermediate students. Sign up for individual classes, any 9 classes, or the full series. Bring your own mat and water. Rain or Shine. Please arrive 15 minutes early to set-up, so the class can start promptly at 6pm. Ages 12 and up are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required. Call 845-255-0919 for reservations and program location. Space is limited, register early. The fee per person: Mohonk Preserve members $140 for the series (18 classes), $75 for any 9 classes, or $10 per class for; non-members $180 series (18 classes), $95 for any 9 classes, or $12 per class. Payment is required at the time of registration. A cancellation made 7 or more days prior to a program will receive a 50% refund of fees paid. Cancellations within 7 days of a program are not eligible for a refund. Mohonk Preserve reserves the right to cancel or continue programs in inclement weather. If a program is cancelled, a full refund will be issued.

September 6, 2014

Saturday, September 6th, and Sunday, September 7th, 1pm (weather permitting). This interpretive program will be offered Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm, April through October (weather permitting). No reservations required. Meet at the Trapps Bridge. This program will last approximately 20 minutes, involves a gentle stroll, and will be led by a Mohonk Preserve Ranger who is an experienced rock climber. This is a free program but participants must either be Mohonk Preserve members or pay a day use fee to access the land. Children 12 and under are free. Children must always be accompanied by an adult.

September 12, 2014

Friday, 8:30-10:30pm. (Raindates: 9/13, 9/19, 9/26.) Sponsored by Ulster Savings and Marshall & Sterling Enterprises, Inc. Join Raj Pandya, Director of the John R. Kirk Planetarium at SUNY New Paltz for an evening of stargazing to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Enjoy the magnificent view at the Slingerland Pavilion as you admire the constellations.  Ages 5 and up are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required.  Call 845-255-0919 for reservations and meeting location. Space is limited, register early.  Remember to bring layers and a blanket or towel to lie on to view the constellations. This is a free program.

September 14, 2014

Sunday, 10am-12noon. Sponsored by Ulster Savings and Marshall & Sterling Enterprises, Inc. Join Andrew Bajardi, Mohonk Preserve Ranger, and bring your favorite furry friend along for a romp through the fields and forests! All well-behaved dogs on short leashes welcome. Be sure to bring plenty of water for yourself and your pet. Ages 10 and up are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. This program includes a moderate, 4-mile hike. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve Spring Farm Trailhead. This is a free program.

September 19, 2014

Friday, 10am-12noon. Join Natasha Piatrunia,Mohonk Preserve Volunteer, and experience different forest habitats. You may see Monarch butterflies flying south in the fields along the way. Bring water and snacks. Please leave your pets at home. Jogging strollers are not appropriate; little ones in carriers are always welcomed. Children ages 2 to 6 are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. This program includes a 1.5-mile hike, and moves at a toddler’s pace. Reservations are required. Call 845-255-0919 to reserve a spot. There is a 15 parent limit. Participants should meet at the Mohonk Preserve Spring Farm Trailhead. It is advised to come early to secure a parking spot. The fee per person: Free for Mohonk Preserve members, non-members pay the $12 hiking day use fee. Children 12 and under are free.

September 21, 2014

Sunday, 10am-2pm. Sponsored by Ulster Savings and Marshall & Sterling Enterprises, Inc. Make art atop a dramatic rocky summit with stunning views in multiple directions. Join artist/mountaineer Gregory Frux, veteran of six artist residences in national parks and ship artist on two polar cruises and draw the cliffs, crevices, forest, and magnificent views.  All skill levels welcome, beginners to expert. Ages 12 and up are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. This program includes an easy, 4.5-mile round trip hike. Reservations are required.  Call 845-255-0919 for reservations and meeting location. There is a 15 person limit. Bring your favorite portable art supplies, bug repellent, a visored hat, lunch/snacks, water, and something to sit on (a barrier to bugs and damp at minimum). This is a free program.

October 4, 2014

Saturday, 9am-12noon, (Raindate: 10/5). Sponsored by Ulster Savings and Marshall & Sterling Enterprises, Inc.  Join Mohonk Preserve Daniel Smiley Research Center staff and Tom Sarro, Mohonk Preserve Research Associate, for an indoor presentation introducing distinguishing characteristics of migrating species in flight. Then, enjoy a short, but strenuous, rock scramble hike to the “Hawk Watch” where experts will help you identify the hawks, ospreys, and other birds that ride the thermal air currents above the Shawangunk Ridge. Ages 15 and up are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. This program includes a strenuous, 1-mile hike, with a short, steep, uphill scramble. Reservations are required. Call 845-255-0919 for reservations and meeting location. The first half of this program will be indoors followed by a carpool to the outdoor location. The fee per person: $10 for both Mohonk Preserve members and non-members. Payment is required at the time of registration. A cancellation made 7 or more days prior to a program will receive a 50% refund of fees paid. Cancellations within 7 days of a program are not eligible for a refund. Mohonk Preserve reserves the right to cancel or continue programs in inclement weather. If a program is cancelled, a full refund will be issued.

October 4, 2014

Saturday 9am-12noon. Sponsored by Ulster Savings and Marshall & Sterling Enterprises, Inc. Join Chris Standley, Mohonk Preserve Applied Conservation Coordinator, and explore the northern sections of the Shawangunk Mountains to observe and discuss this areas unique ecological communities. The program will include a moderate, 2-mile hike on the newly acquired Giant’s Ledges parcel in Rosendale. Ages 12 and up are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required. Call 845-255-0919 for reservations and meeting location.

October 5, 2014

Sunday, 3-5:30pm. Sponsored by Ulster Savings and Marshall & Sterling Enterprises, Inc. Join Preserve staff at the Mohonk Preserve Daniel Smiley Research Center to learn about the historic Mohonk Lake Cooperative Weather Station, where weather conditions have been recorded daily since 1896, comprising one of the most complete and consistent local climate records available in North America. A brief indoor presentation will delve into the history of weather observation and long-term environmental monitoring on the ridge. Then head up to Mohonk Lake for a demonstration of the daily temperature and precipitation readings and water sampling procedures. Interested participants may learn more about becoming a regular volunteer weather monitor. Ages 18 and up are welcome.  Reservations are required; space is limited. Call 845-255-0919 for reservations and meeting location. This is a free program.

October 17, 2014

Friday, 10am-12noon. Join Natasha Piatrunia, Mohonk Preserve Volunteer, and search for evidence of the huge glaciers that passed over our land. We may have the pleasue of seeing hawks up close as they migrate south for the winter. Bring water and snacks. Please leave your pets at home. Jogging strollers are not appropriate; little ones in carriers are always welcomed. Children ages 2 to 6 are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult.  This program includes a 1.5-mile hike, and moves at a toddler’s pace. Reservations are required. Call 845-255-0919 to reserve a spot. There is a 15 parent limit. Participants should meet at the Mohonk Preserve West Trapps Trailhead. It is advised to come early to secure a parking spot. The fee per person: Free for Mohonk Preserve members, non-members pay the $12 hiking day use fee. Children 12 and under are free.

October 17, 2014

Friday, 7-8:30pm, (Rain/wind date:10/18th). Sponsored by Ulster Savings and Marshall & Sterling Enterprises, Inc. Join Dr. Glenn A. Proudfoot, Visiting Scholar at Vassar College and Mohonk Preserve Research Associate, and experience being up close and personal with these silent visitors. For nearly 40 years Glenn has been studying birds of prey. His current research explores migratory pathways of the Northern Saw-whet Owl. The program will include a presentation of research objectives, introduction to mist netting, and, hopefully, observation of a bird banding station in action. Ages 12 and up are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. This is an indoor program with a possible short outdoor component. Reservations are required; space is limited. Call 845-255-0919 for reservations and meeting location. Participants may only register for Friday, October 17th or Friday, October 24th. The fee per person: $10 for both Mohonk Preserve members and non-members. Payment is required at the time of registration. Half of the proceeds from this program will be donated to Glenn Proudfoot to support and continue his research on Northern Saw-whet Owls. A cancellation made 7 or more days prior to a program will receive a 50% refund of fees paid. Cancellations within 7 days of a program are not eligible for a refund. Mohonk Preserve reserves the right to cancel or continue programs in inclement weather. If a program is cancelled, a full refund will be issued.

October 18, 2014

Saturday, 9am-12noon. Sponsored by Ulster Savings and Marshall & Sterling Enterprises, Inc. Join John Thompson, Mohonk Preserve Director of Conservation Science, and learn about the natural history and human uses of the northern Shawangunk Mountains and how this has influenced the unique ecological communities of this region. This program includes a moderate, 2-mile hike on the newly acquired Giant’s Ledges parcel in Rosendale. Ages 12 and up are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required. Call 845-255-0919 for reservations and meeting location.

October 24, 2014

Friday, 7-8:30pm, (Rain/wind date:10/25th). Sponsored by Ulster Savings and Marshall & Sterling Enterprises, Inc. Join Dr. Glenn A. Proudfoot, Visiting Scholar at Vassar College and Mohonk Preserve Research Associate, and experience being up close and personal with these silent visitors. For nearly 40 years Glenn has been studying birds of prey. His current research explores migratory pathways of the Northern Saw-whet Owl. The program will include a presentation of research objectives, introduction to mist netting, and, hopefully, observation of a bird banding station in action. Ages 12 and up are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. This is an indoor program with a possible short outdoor component. Reservations are required; space is limited. Call 845-255-0919 for reservations and meeting location. Participants may only register for Friday, October 17th or Friday, October 24th. The fee per person: $10 for both Mohonk Preserve members and non-members. Payment is required at the time of registration. Half of the proceeds from this program will be donated to Glenn Proudfoot to support and continue his research on Northern Saw-whet Owls. A cancellation made 7 or more days prior to a program will receive a 50% refund of fees paid. Cancellations within 7 days of a program are not eligible for a refund. Mohonk Preserve reserves the right to cancel or continue programs in inclement weather. If a program is cancelled, a full refund will be issued.Northern Saw-whet Owls: Mohonk’s Silent Visitor

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