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Programs & Events

Mohonk Preserve has implemented the following operational changes to help mitigate the community spread of COVID-19 and protect our staff, members and visitors:

  • The Preserve is reinstituting limited public programs in compliance with COVID-19 guidelines
  • For more information about Rock The Ridge, click here
  • We will be providing updated public information on this page regarding any changes.

Thank you for your continued support of our mission. All of us at Mohonk Preserve are so grateful to our visitors, members, volunteers, supporters, and local community. We truly are all in this together.

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.1233. 


  • Thursday, April 22nd, 7-8 PM

    Morels are one of the most sought after of the edible fungi. During this illustrated webinar, Bill Bakaitis will cover not only the seasonality and habitat of morels, but also their life cycles, field identification of species, and toxicity. This program will be of value to both beginners and experienced collectors alike. No prior experience necessary. Upon registering, a background reading list will be made available to attendees. This is a free program with a suggested donation of $10 to help support the Preserve’s environmental education scholarship program. Registration is required. Important: Your access link will be provided within the confirmation e-mail.

  • Thursday, April 29, 7- 8 p.m.

    Mohonk Preserve staff have long been documenting natural history observations on the Shawangunk Ridge, with an emphasis on recording phenology (the timing of nature’s life cycles like spring bird arrivals and first blooms). Methods of preserving these records have changed over time, from files of index cards to internal databases. Now we’ve taken the next step to record observations through iNaturalist, an online app and data portal where you can identify species and share findings with researchers globally. Learn how you can help Conservation staff keep track of what’s happening on the Ridge using iNaturalist as a tool to engage with wildlife every day. This is a free program with a suggested fee of $10 to help support the Preserve’s environmental education and scholarship programs. Registration is required. Important: Your access link will be provided within the confirmation e-mail.

  • Saturday, May 1, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

    *Registration for this program is full*

    Join Jane Dobson, Mindful Nature Guide, in the Japanese practice of Forest Bathing. Introduced in the 1980s, Forest Bathing began as a preventative healthcare practice to counter the daily stress of everyday life. Even after small periods of time in a natural environment, we experience real and measurable physical and mental health benefits including reduced levels of the stress hormone cortisol, improved mood and focus. Join us as we move mindfully through a forested landscape actively engaging our senses and opening ourselves to the awe and beauty of the present moment. This program will be 100% outdoors and masks are required. Ages 16 and up welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. No dogs allowed. Wear layers and proper footwear. Registration is required and limited to 10. The cost per person for Mohonk Preserve members: $20/session. The cost for non-members: $23/session.

  • Waterbugs, Turtles, and Tadpoles- Oh My!
    Waterbugs, Turtles, and Tadpoles- Oh My!

    Sunday, April 25, 10-11:30 AM
    Testimonial Gateway Summerhouse

    Join Mohonk Preserve Seasonal Environmental Educator Penny Adler-Colvin at the Testimonial Gateway to meet pond creatures! Experience the diversity of pond life, learn about the variety of adaptations pond creatures have, and how certain animals are indicators of water quality. A table will be set up where participants may stop by. Children must always be accompanied by an adult.

    This is a free program; membership or day pass required at the trailhead.

  • Mohonk Preserve is inviting neighbors to visit the Preserve and receive a free six- week pass during the Healthy Ulster Pass program beginning Wednesday, June 2 through Sunday, June 6, 2021.

    Visitors with proof of Ulster County residency may obtain their passes at the Preserve’s Testimonial Gateway Trailhead on Rte. 299 in New Paltz, or the Spring Farm Trailhead off Mohonk Road in High Falls from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Wednesday, June 2 to Sunday, June 6. One adult must sign up in person for a maximum of four passes per household. The passes will be valid until Sunday, July 11. Passes are limited and available while supplies last. To check on availability, visit our Alerts page.

    Children 12 and under are always free with an accompanying adult passholder and do not require a separate pass. All Healthy Ulster passholders must sign their pass prior to visiting and should be prepared to present ID when accessing Mohonk Preserve. When accessing the Preserve, Healthy Ulster passholders must obtain a wristband from one of the trailheads for each visit. All visitors must adhere to Mohonk Preserve’s COVID-19 visitation guidelines, including mask-wearing and social distancing.

Banner photo by Tom Weiner