Mohonk Preserve

Mohonk Preserve

Ridgelines #189

Winter 2018  #189

Winter is wonderful at the Preserve!

When the flakes fly, enjoy cross-country skiing or snowshoeing on our carriage road network, or explore the Preserve Visitor Center, with its interactive exhibits and children’s discovery areas. On a brisk, sunny day, head outside for a hike and take in seasonal vistas.
In this issue of Ridgelines, we invite you to celebrate with us at the Preserve’s New York City Benefit Gala in April, check out expanded access through the Preserve’s Library Lending Program, and look forward warm-weather fun and learning at our Summer Camps.
As we close 2017 with record-breaking year-end donations and embark on ambitious plans for 2018, we sincerely thank you for your continued support and wish you a happy and healthy New Year. 

Broadway Legend and Preserve Life Member Mandy Patinkin to be Celebrated at April NYC Benefit Gala

Mohonk Preserve is proud to honor Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor, recording artist, and humanitarian activist Mandy Patinkin with the organization’s Long View Conservation Award at our New York City Benefit Gala on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at Current at Chelsea Piers, Pier 59, New York. 
Some of Mandy’s theatrical highlights include his Tony Award-winning Broadway debut as Che in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita, and his Tony-nominated role as George in the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Sunday in the Park with George. His three-decade concert career includes a sold-out Broadway engagement of Mandy Patinkin in Concert, with all profits benefitting charitable organizations.
Mandy has appeared in feature films including Golden Globe Award-winning Yentl with Barbra Streisand, The Princess Bride, Ragtime, Alien Nation, Dick Tracy, and Wonder. He won an Emmy Award for his performance in the CBS television series Chicago Hope, and is currently featured in the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning Showtime original series Homeland as CIA Agent Saul Berenson.
As a recording artist Mandy’s releases include Mandy Patinkin, Mandy Patinkin In Concert: Dress Casual, Experiment, Oscar & Steve, Leonard Bernstein's New York, Kidults, and Mandy Patinkin Sings Sondheim. His Mamaloshen, a collection of songs sung entirely in Yiddish, won the Deutschen Schallplattenpreis (Germany’s equivalent of the Grammy Award).
Mandy’s extensive philanthropic work has included support for organizations such as Pax, a gun safety organization, Search for Common Ground, and American Jewish World Service. He and his wife, actress and writer Kathryn Grody, are currently working with the International Rescue Committee as refugee advocates for the most vulnerable among us around the world. 
Mandy and his family are also avid conservationists and longtime Mohonk Preserve neighbors and supporters who have protected their property on the Shawangunk Ridge through a conservation easement with the Preserve. 
“Why invest in conservation easements? Because that preserves the land for generations to come, who will enjoy this beautiful place as much as our family has, protecting it for newcomers who visit from all over the world so they can also appreciate its gentle, calming beauty – a place so many of us love to think of as home,” Mandy said.
In that same spirit of conservation, we invite you to celebrate Mandy, his family, and Mohonk Preserve at the Gala. Whether you have enjoyed the Preserve for many years or are just discovering its benefits and beauty, your table or ticket purchase will allow the Preserve to take significant steps to share this special place we all love.
Proceeds from the Gala will support the Preserve’s award-winning outdoor education, conservation science, land protection, and stewardship programs, along with the Preserve’s first new trailhead in 25 years which will provide public access to the spectacular Mohonk Preserve Foothills for people of all ages and abilities.
The Gala Committee has planned an exceptional evening of cocktails, fine dining, and celebration. Reserve your spot today to ensure that you’ll be a part of this festive and meaningful event.
For more information on ticket prices and reservations, please click here

Another Way to Check Out Mohonk Preserve

Along with books and videos, visitors can now check out Mohonk Preserve at many local and regional libraries through our Library Lending Program. Established in 2013, the Library Lending Program provides free, all-access passes for patrons of participating libraries to gain access to Preserve lands. The program, which was originally developed with the Gardiner Public Library, enables people to check out a pass the same way they would check out a book or other library materials. The program is free for libraries within a 30-mile radius of the Preserve and there is a sliding fee for other libraries to participate.

In alignment with the Preserve's mission and strategic goals, the Library Lending Program helps to bring more people into nature, increasing nature's relevance in their lives while also helping to ensure its future preservation. The program encourages people of all abilities and walks of life to benefit from spending time in nature by reducing socioeconomic and other barriers to access.

"The Mohonk Preserve passes give residents and visitors to the area, who might not otherwise be able to afford it, a chance to enjoy the Preserve,” said Gardiner Public Library Manager Nicole Lane. “Incorporating the Mohonk Preserve passes into the services the library provides has been simple, but more importantly, these passes have been well-received and appreciated by our library patrons."

The Library Lending Program supports local libraries by adding value and diversity to the benefits of library membership and increasing access to community resources.

"Our patrons have enjoyed being able to check out the Mohonk Preserve passes and are pleasantly surprised that we offer access to local attractions,” said  Laurie Angle, the Adult/Teen Services Coordinator at the Albert Wisner Public Library in Warwick. “It's not difficult to use and is one of the most popular passes that we offer."

Mohonk Preserve Director of Membership Elena Batt and Director of Marketing & Communications Gretchen Reed, who is a former librarian, have made several on-site presentations to library patrons providing information about the Preserve and how to use the Library Lending Program.

Currently, 15 local and regional libraries are participating in the Preserve’s Library Lending program, including:

Albert Wisner Public Library (Warwick)
Ellenville Public Library & Museum
Elting Memorial Library (New Paltz)
Gardiner Public Library
Grinnell Public Library (Wappingers Falls)
Highland Public Library
Howland Public Library (Beacon)
Kingston Library
Newburgh Free Library
Plattekill Public Library
Stone Ridge Library
Town of Esopus Library
Wallkill Public Library
Woodstock Public Library

Do you know of a local library that might be interested in the Library Lending Program? Please contact Elena Batt at and we’ll follow up with details about the program.

In addition to the Library Lending Program, the Preserve provides many ways for people of all ages and abilities to get into and connect with nearby nature. The Preserve’s handicap-accessible Visitor Center and adjacent Sensory Trail and Children’s Forest are free and open to the public daily. Each spring and fall, the Preserve offers free, one-month memberships for Ulster County residents. Many of the Preserve’s public programs are offered free of charge, including “Thursday Tales at Ten,” a story time for children ages 2-5 offered in January, February and March. For more details, click here.


Sunny Days Ahead at Preserve Summer Camps

It may still be winter but we’re already gearing up for a summer of sun, fun and learning at Mohonk Preserve’s summer camps! Our slate of programs for children ages 4-13 provides opportunities for kids to spend their summer outside enjoying the natural wonders the Shawangunk Ridge has to offer. Under the careful supervision of our dedicated and professional educators, campers will laugh, play, and learn together, exploring interests and abilities and expanding their understanding of themselves, each other, and their natural world. 
Our Young Explorers (ages 4-6) will experience a new adventure every day as they spend their mornings on the trails surrounding the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center and enjoy weekly field outings to other locations on the Preserve. They will participate in a range of activities such as building animal shelters in the Children’s Forest, playing nature games, music and storytelling, and creating their own art from nature.
Campers in Camp Peregrine (ages 7-10) and Mountainside Adventures (ages 10-13) will have a blast whether exploring the crevices of Rock Rift, scrambling up the boulders of Bonticou Crag, investigating the life cycle of a tadpole at Duck Pond, or fashioning frogs and turtles out of clay.
Registration for Preserve summer camps opens on Thursday, February 1, 2018 – click here beginning February 1st to register.  Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis and we seek a balanced gender ratio for all camps. Many programs fill quickly, so register early to save your child’s preferred slot. As one of many great Mohonk Preserve membership benefits, Preserve members receive a discount on summer camp tuition – if you aren’t yet a member, click here to join
Mohonk Preserve is committed to serving families regardless of their economic status. Thanks to the generosity of supporters at our Annual Benefit Auction, summer camp scholarships are available – click here for more information.
2018 marks the 26th season of Mohonk Preserve summer camps, which are an integral part of the Preserve’s award-winning outdoor education programming and have inspired a lifetime of respect for and stewardship of nature for thousands of campers. Many have gone on to careers in conservation, with some even returning to work at the Preserve. We look forward to welcoming the next great group of kids – and possible future rangers or naturalists – this summer! 


Seasonal Updates

Ridgelines Seasonal Gallery - #189 Winter 2018

PHOTO GALLERYView seasonal photographs by our volunteer photographers. See more photos by the Mohonk Preserve Volunteer Photographers on their Facebook page.

GET INTO NATURE. See a full list of upcoming programs including Thursday Tales at Ten: Story Time at Mohonk Preserve and The Shawangunk Ridge Biodiversity Partnership (SRBP) Lecture Series.

IN APPRECIATIONGo to our listing of Memorial and Honorary Gifts, Premium Members, and Business Members received October 1 through December 31, 2017.


Become a volunteer. Whether you can volunteer weekly, or for just a few hours, the only requirement is a desire to learn and a willingness to contribute your time and talents to the Preserve. Click here for more information on our upcoming volunteer orientations.

Summer Internships Available! Every summer, Mohonk Preserve offers paid internships for students in land management and conservation science research. The internships run for 10 weeks (summer season). The application deadline is February 15th. Click here for more information.

2018 Rock The Ridge 50-Mile Endurance Challenge. Committing to an event can help you make sure your health and fitness resolutions succeed! Make 2018 epic and register today to Rock The Ridge as an individual, with a team, or split the course in a relay. Sign up today to receive an early registration discount. 

MOHONK PRESERVE MEMBER REWARDS PROGRAM. Show your valid Mohonk Preserve annual or life membership card at nearly 40 local businesses listed here, and receive a discount or special offer. We welcome our new business members who joined between October 1 and December 31, 2017: