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.

  • Join our Mohonk Preserve Volunteer Photographers for an exhibit at the Gardiner Library!

    Mohonk Preserve provides inspiration for the Mohonk Preserve Volunteer Photographers who are dedicated to capturing the essence of the Preserve. The volunteers photograph the landscape in every season, the diverse wildlife, and the events and programs offered at Mohonk Preserve throughout the year.

    The exhibit "Focus and Light" illustrates the type of images of which they are forever in pursuit.

    An art reception will be held on Saturday, January 5th from 2-4PM.

    Photo: Overcliff/Undercliff by John Mizel

  • Thursday Tales at Ten: Story Time at Mohonk Preserve
    Thursday Tales at Ten: Story Time at Mohonk Preserve

    10am every Thursday in January, starting January 3rd and ending March 14th, weather permitting.

    While the weather outside is frightful, explore the outdoors, indoors! The Visitor Center is a great place for toddlers to be this winter. Cozy up in the Discovery Room for a nature-themed story and an activity every Thursday morning at 10am, weather permitting. Hear about napping animals, hungry birds, or icy tracks and celebrate the snowy season while we wait for spring. This program is for children ages 2-5 with their parents or guardians. After the story time, families are encouraged to explore the Visitor Center and check out the Kids’ Corner, Children’s Forest, or wander the Grafton Sensory Trail. The Mohonk Preserve reserves the right to cancel the program in inclement weather. Please call (845-255-0919) after 9am on Thursdays and ask the front desk about the status of the program.

    Photo by Kim Tischler

  • Open Studio with Youth Nature Ambassadors
    Open Studio with Youth Nature Ambassadors

    Monday, January 21st, 11am-1pm Please note: due to weather, the start time has been moved from 10am to 11am

    Join the Mohonk Preserve Youth Nature Ambassadors for some cozy crafts and mellow nature activities. No registration required. This is a free program.

    Photo by Karen Maloy Brady

  • Secrets of the Shawangunks Shawangunk Ridge Free Public Lecture Series
    Secrets of the Shawangunks Shawangunk Ridge Free Public Lecture Series

    From February 7-28, 2019, the Shawangunk Ridge Biodiversity Partnership (SRBP) will present a free public lecture series, Secrets of the Shawangunks, providing information on conservation topics and biodiversity on the Shawangunk Ridge. The lectures, which will take place at SUNY New Paltz and SUNY Ulster, are open to the public and free of charge. Cancellations due to winter weather will be announced at These lectures are co-sponsored by SUNY Ulster and the SUNY New Paltz Biology Department. The lecture on Thursday, February 28th will be held at SUNY Ulster Stone Ridge Campus, Vanderlyn Hall, College Lounge, Room 203, and all other lectures will take place on Thursday evenings at the SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center Room 102.
    For directions and campus maps to SUNY New Paltz, click here.
    For directions and campus maps to SUNY Ulster, click here.

    February 7th, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. – Protecting Our Hemlocks, with Charlotte Malmborg, New York State Hemlock Initiative (NYSHI) Education Outreach Technician. The hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is an invasive forest pest that threatens native eastern hemlocks. NYSHI integrates research, management, and outreach to address the growing threat of HWA. Learn about the importance of hemlocks, the damage HWA is causing, management and community science efforts being employed to slow the spread of HWA in New York, and how you can get involved. This lecture will take place at SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center Room 102.
    February 14th, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. – Coexisting with Coyotes, with Melissa Gillmer, Head Zoo Keeper of Trailside Museums and Zoo at Bear Mountain State Park. A relative new comer to New York, the eastern coyote has successfully expanded its range to every corner of the state, due to their ingenuity and resilience. Learn their natural history, ecological role and how to successfully coexist with them. This lecture will take place at SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center Room 102.

    February 21st, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. – The Altered Landscape, with Paul Huth, Mohonk Preserve Research Director Emeritus. For generations, the land on and around the Shawangunk Ridge has been shaped by its human inhabitants. From indigenous people, through European settlers and up to the present day, agricultural, industrial and recreational activities have impacted the region. Join us as we explore and identify some of the significant changes to the land over time.
    This lecture will take place at SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center Room 102.

    February 28th, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. – Inspired by Nature, with Mohonk Preserve Education Outreach Coordinator and artist Christy Belardo, poet Roger Roloff, and painter Tom Sarrantonio. The beauty and biodiversity of the Shawangunk Ridge serve as inspiration for artists working in media including drawing, literature and painting. Three Hudson Valley artists will discuss how flora, fauna and natural lands inform and shape their work. This lecture will take place at SUNY Ulster College Lounge, Room 203.

    Photo by David Johnson

  • Saturday, April 13, 2019 Check in begins at 8:00 AM. Race starts at 9:00 AM.
    Race on some of the most extraordinary running trails in the U.S., with five miles of gently rolling carriage roads. The Rock and Snow Bridge 2 Bridge Run is a 5-mile benefit run organized by the Shawangunk Runners with major support provided by Rock and Snow.

    Photo: Tom Weiner

  • 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: Kate Schoonmaker

Banner Photo by Susan Lehrer