Mohonk Preserve Celebrated 50 Years of Saving the Land for Life
For half a century, Mohonk Preserve has been a place of recreation, reflection, and restoration. The origins of the Preserve date back to 1869 when twin brothers Albert and Alfred Smiley established the Mohonk Mountain House. In 1963, the Smiley family, friends, neighbors and supporters formed the Mohonk Trust to protect the area’s unique natural landscape for future generations.
In 1978, the Trust became Mohonk Preserve, and through the support of members, donors, and partners, the Preserve has been a leading voice for conservation, speaking with passion and authority to safeguard the natural lands in the Shawangunks, the Hudson Valley, and beyond.
In many ways, the land ethics that have guided the Preserve have been ahead of their time. Before there was an official “Earth Day,” the Preserve was already committing every day to sustaining a healthy environment through land protection and stewardship. Ahead of today’s “No Child Left Inside” movement, the Preserve developed innovative environmental education programs that have gotten over 75,000 children into nature. And prior to climate change entering the collective consciousness, the Preserve’s Daniel Smiley Research Center created a preeminent resource of biological, weather and other natural history records spanning over a century.
Today, Mohonk Preserve is acknowledged as a global model for conservation on a regional scale, promoting preservation, land stewardship, science, and environmental awareness. Now, with the ongoing support of our partners and over 14,000 members, Mohonk Preserve stands ready to meet the challenges of conservation for the next century.
Learn about the history of conservation science and environmental education at the Preserve. Additional histories of the Preserve's land protection and land stewardship programs will be added throughout the year.