Get Into Nature

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. This is a free program.

October 4, 2014

Saturday, October 4th, and Sunday, October 5th, 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.

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. This is a free program.

October 21, 2014

Tuesday, 7:30pm. SUNY New Paltz, Lecture Center 100, New Paltz, NY. Presented by SUNY New Paltz Distinguished Speaker Series in partnership with Mohonk Preserve, Adirondack Wild, The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, Wallkill Valley Land Trust, and Wilderness 50. "The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need." Richard Louv identifies seven basic concepts that can help us reshape our lives. By tapping into the restorative powers of nature, we can boost mental acuity and creativity; promote health and wellness; build smarter and more sustainable businesses, communities, and economies; and ultimately strengthen human bonds. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

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

October 25, 2014

Saturday, 9am-2pm. Sponsored by Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation. Would you like to contribute on National Make a Difference Day? Join us at Mohonk Preserve during the largest single-day of volunteering in the country! We will be doing trailkeeping work at Spring Farm’s Cedar Trail. Participate for 1-2 hours or for the entire 5 hour event and help us build 100 feet of pedestrian bridges and construct stone steps to improve the trail. Ages 13 and up are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. This is a great event for group participation. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve Spring Farm Trailhead. Wear sturdy shoes, bring work gloves, water and snacks. Light refreshments of cider donuts, cider, and coffee will be provided! We will work in light rain, but not heavy rain or a storm. Please RSVP to volunteers@mohonkpreserve.org or call (845) 255-0919 ext. 1269. This is a free program.

November 1, 2014

Saturday, 9am-1pm. Sponsored by Ulster Savings and Marshall & Sterling Enterprises, Inc. Ray Haberski, Marist Adjunct, will “read” the stories of the Shawangunk rocks, the ridge formation, and the great Ice Age. Enjoy an informative hike along the roads of Undercliff/Overcliff. Ages 14 and up are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. This program includes an easy, 5-mile hike. Bring a lunch. Reservations are required. Call 845-255-0919 for reservations and meeting location. This is a free program.

November 16, 2014

Sunday, 2-3pm. Sponsored by Ulster Savings and Marshall & Sterling Enterprises, Inc.  Bring the whole family and take advantage of this opportunity to meet some fascinating reptiles including a safe, but close look at a Northern Copperhead, an alligator, and a python! Mark Perpetua, biology teacher and naturalist, will share live animals which include some of the snakes and turtles that may be found here in the area as well as a few from further away. Ages 4 and up are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required. Call 845-255-0919 for reservations and meeting location. The fee per person: $10 for both Mohonk Preserve members and non-members 13 and older. Children 12 and under are free. 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.

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