Programs & Events

Access For All

Mohonk Preserve is committed to inclusive programming wherever possible. Special seating requests are often possible for lecture-style presentations and many public programs may be ASL-interpreted (American Sign Language) if requested a minimum of 10 business days in advance. For additional information and/or to place a request contact or call (845)255-0919 ext.1239. ASL-interpretation is not available for the Weekend Adult Hikes and Bob Babb Wednesday Walks.

  • Tuesdays in June, July, August, and September, 6:00pm - 7:15pm.

    With Jacquelyn Nash of The Yoga House. Breathe deep as you relax and take in the fresh air and mountain views. Join Jacqui 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 8 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. Children ages 12 and up are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required and payment is due at the time of registration. Space is limited, register early. The cost per person for Mohonk Preserve members: $12/class, $99/9 sessions, $170/full series. The cost for non-members: $14/class, $116/9 sessions, $195/full series.

    Use the link above to register.

    Photo by Bonnie Hirschhorn

  • Wednesdays in September and October. 6:30pm-8:30pm.

    Join Nina Jirka, of Tango New Paltz, and learn how to Tango! Breaking from rigidity of learned steps and memorization, we encourage students to develop improvisational skills through simple and dynamic techniques, achieve relaxed and released style, and, most importantly, find new and liberating ways of relating, expressing, connecting, and communicating non-verbally with others. Bring water and comfortable shoes for dancing. All ages welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required. Space is limited, register early. We strongly believe in making our classes available to all. As artists we understand financial limitations that arise, and therefore we open our classes to the fiscally challenged - with the suggestion that you pay what you can. It is our sincere desire to include all that are interested in our community. $15 - suggested donation.

    Use the link above to register.

    Photo: Tango New Paltz

  • International Hawk Migration Week Activities
    International Hawk Migration Week Activities

    Saturday-Sunday, 9/15-16 and 9/22-23, 9am-1pm

    As part of International Hawk Migration Week, join the Youth Nature Ambassadors as they host an open house of activities for families in the Visitor Center!

  • Sunday, September 30, 2018

    Check in begins at 8:00am. Race starts at 9:00am.
    Mohonk Preserve Spring Farm Trailhead

    The Pfalz Point Trail Challenge is a 10-mile benefit run to raise money for Mohonk Preserve, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the beautiful Shawangunk Ridge. The proceeds from the 2018 race registration fees and sponsorships will support the restoration and maintenance of the carriage roads. The network of more than 30 miles of carriage roads in Mohonk Preserve serves hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, including hosting races, such as Pfalz Point Trail Challenge.

    All pre-registered runners will receive a great-looking commemorative T-shirt. Runners enjoy a FREE post-race chili lunch sponsored by Main Street Bistro featuring meat and meatless chili, cornbread, and green salad.

    Photo by Stephen D. Stewart-Hill

  • Friday, October 5, 6:00-8:00 pm | Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center

    Join Chief Ranger Andrew Bajardi to kick off the 20th Annual Gunks Climbing Film Festival with a Free Climbers' Reception. Ranger Andrew will discuss the Preserve's highly skilled Ranger team.

    Sponsors of the 20th Annual Gunks Climbing Film Festival include Rock and Snow, Furnace Industries, The Cliffs Climbing, Patagonia, BC Climbing Gym, Time to Climb, and the SUNY New Paltz Outing Club.

    Photo by Gerald Berliner.

  • Friday, October 5th, 8pm-10pm (rain/cloud date: Saturday, October 6th).

    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. Remember to bring layers and a blanket or towel to lie on to view the constellations. $5 per person. Registration is required; space is limited.

    Photo by Jacob B. Reibel

  • On Saturday, Oct. 6, at 6:00 p.m., the Gunks Climbers' Coalition and Mohonk Preserve will host the Gunks Climbing Film Festival at the Studley Theater at SUNY New Paltz - an evening to celebrate climbing, conservation and the passion of the Gunks community!

    The Festival will be premiering this year’s No Man’s Land collection of short films that are un-defining what it means to be a woman in adventure, sport and film. Also featured will be the full-length film Dirtbag – The Legend of Fred Beckey, directed by Dave O’Leske. Beckey is the legendary American "dirtbag" mountaineer whose name is spoken in hushed tones around campfires. This rebel climber's pioneering ascents and lifestyle form an iconic legacy that continues to inspire generations. Event sponsors will be donating various prizes to a raffle to win awesome climbing gear. Prior to the screening, the Gunks Grunt Pull-up Contest, sponsored by Furnace Industries, will be held to test the mettle of attendees with prizes to top male and female winners.

    On Saturday, Oct. 6 and Sunday, Oct. 7, local climbing guide services will host a series of free Safe Climbing Clinics at Mohonk Preserve. Check with Rock and Snow after Oct. 1 for a schedule and to sign up at 845-255-1311.

  • Friday, October 26th, 7:30pm-9pm

    This program will be led by Dr. Glenn A. Proudfoot, Visiting Scholar at Vassar College and Mohonk Preserve Research Associate. For nearly 40 years Glenn has been studying birds of prey. His current research explores migratory pathways of the Northern Saw-whet Owl. With luck, participants will experience being up close and personal with these silent visitors. The program will include a presentation on Saw-whet Owl identification, behavior and life history. Children ages 12 and up are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. This is an indoor program. Space is limited. Reservations are required. The fee per person is $10 and is required at the time of registration. Half of the proceeds from this program will benefit Glenn Proudfoot’s research on Northern Saw-whet Owls.

  • Saturday, May 4th, 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.”

    For more information, use the link above.

    Photo: John Aylward

Banner Photo by Susan Lehrer