So that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, the Mohonk Preserve actively promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities on the land and within our programs. We offer a variety of services for visitors, including consultation before you arrive, as well as universally designed programs wherever possible.
How does it work? In advance of a visit to the Preserve, contact our Director of Education, Kathy Ambrosini, at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your needs and concerns. Our staff includes New York State Certified Inclusivity Assessors and combined expertise in special education and outdoor education. Accessibility consultations are available for individuals, families, and self-guided group visits.
Since 1994, the Preserve’s accessibility program, NatureAccess®, has become a model for training outdoor professionals at parks, nature centers, and governmental agencies nationwide. In 1996, Mohonk Preserve received the Statewide Accessibility Award from the Association of Independent Living Centers of New York State. In 2006, the Preserve's Director of Education, Kathy Ambrosini, was recognized with the Beyond the Letter of the Law Award from the Resource Center for Accessible Living for her leadership in pioneering the NatureAccess program, and was named 2010 Inclusivity Hero by the New York State Inclusive Recreation Resource Center.
For more information on accessible programming, see our Nature Access Environmental Education Program.