Junior Ranger Program

The Junior Ranger Program is an opportunity for teens, ages 13-16, to learn skills and gain the knowledge needed to pursue a career as a ranger, naturalist or interpretive guide while giving them a leg up on job and college applications. This certificate course is led by outdoor professionals in education and ranger/stewardship at the Mohonk Preserve.  Junior Rangers learn backcountry navigation, survival and self-rescue, rock climbing, snowshoeing (weather permitting), gear selection and use, Leave No Trace principles and outdoor cooking, and achieve additional certifications in Wilderness First Aid and CPR.  Teens receive training in visitor services, natural history identification and interpretation, trail work and invasive species.  With a focus on team-building and leadership development, participants take on tasks such as planning a meal and a hike as leadership skills are assessed and advancement opportunities created. Teens think critically as they explore conservation and stewardship ethics through the writings of renowned naturalists like Thoreau, Burroughs, Leopold, Muir and others, and through discussions of ethical dilemmas.  The year begins with drafting personal goals and ends with reflection and self-assessment. 

This program meets monthly on Sundays from September through May, typically from 9am-3pm. The final program in the course is a 5-day Adirondack trip where participants put their skills and training to use in the largest park in the contiguous United States.  

Application Process

Check back soon for 2018-19 registration!

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, Mohonk Preserve is able to offer this extensive program for a tuition of $800 Members/$865 Non-Members. Families can choose to pay in installments with $400 due at the time of registration, $200 due in October and the balance of$200 for members/$265 for non-members due in December, or you can pay the full amount at registration


Participants must be between the ages of 13 and 16 at the start of the program. While we encourage participants to attend all programs, we understand that it is anot always possible. Below is the calendar of events for the course. Items in red are mandatory to receive a certificate of completion.


June 12, 2017

  • Registration Opens at 12noon

July 14, 2017

  • Final Day for Full  Refund of $350 (minus $50 processing fee)          

July 21, 2017

  • Final Day for Partial Refund of $200

September 24, 2017

  • Teambuilding Initiatives/Map and Compass Skills

October 15, 2017

  • Climbing Instruction with Alpine Endeavors

November 12, 2017

  • Backpacking Skills/Leave No Trace

January 13 and 14, 2018

  • Wilderness First Aid Instruction/CPR

February 11, 2018

  • Winter Ecology at the Daniel Smiley Research CenterDSRC

March 11, 2018

  • Hike Leader/Interpretive Guide Training

April 15, 2018

  • Trail Maintenance/Invasive Species

May 20, 2018

  • Final Gathering/Trip Planning (3-5PM pre-trip ralley with families)

July 23-July 27, 2018

  • Trip to the Adirondacks


For questions, contact:

Anna Harrod
Education Coordinator
845-255-0919  ext 1239

Banner Photo by Amy Wallace