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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 kambrosini@mohonkpreserve.org or call (845)255-0919 ext.1233. 

 

  • Saturday, January 16th, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

    Please Note: Limited space is available and registration for this program is now closed. Check back soon for another Owl Prowl in February.*

    Take a walk along the carriages roads at dusk to discover who prowls in the dark! Join Lauren Borer, Mohonk Preserve Educator, and listen for owls calling, test your night vision and try on some “deer ears”. This program is 100% outside and is limited to 10 participants. Masks are required. Dress for the weather with warm boots. Bring a flashlight or headlamp with a red filter if you have one. Children age 5 and up are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. This is a free program.

    Registration is required.

  • Thursday, January 21st, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

    Join Bill Bakaitis, Dutchess Community College (retired), for a virtual public program presentation on the ecological functions of fungi. This interactive, illustrated lecture will examine the role that mushrooms and other fungi play in the ecosystem, from decomposers to symbiotic partnerships, to carbon dioxide regulation and climate change. This is a free program with a suggested donation of $10 to help support the Preserve’s environmental education scholarship program.

    Registration is required. Click here to register.
    Important: Your access link will be provided within the confirmation e-mail.

  • Tuesday, January 26th, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

    Join Gail Whistance, Mohonk Preserve Research Associate, and Hannah Pilkey, Graduate student at SUNY-ESF, to learn about their research in the restoration of the American Chestnut. The American chestnut tree was once an iconic keystone species in our Eastern forests, until the arrival of a devastating invasive pathogen in the early 1900s. A major milestone in the restoration effort was achieved by researchers at the SUNY-ESF with the development of a blight-tolerant American chestnut tree through genetic engineering. This webinar will feature information on the chestnut restoration efforts and how the public can get involved in its revival back to our forests. 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.

  • Tuesday, February 2nd, 10-11:00 a.m.

    It’s Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney Phil has made his weather prediction! Do groundhogs really know when spring will arrive? What do shadows have to do with the seasons? During this hour-long program, we will explore what makes this mammal unique, how groundhogs spend their winters, and learn a bit about the folklore of Groundhog Day. This is a free online virtual program for children ages 5 to 7. Activities will be available for children to explore shadows more after the program.

  • Saturday, February 13th, 10-11:00 a.m.

    Join Education Coordinator Lauren Borer as you take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count as a citizen scientist through the National Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology. We will use apps like Merlin Bird ID and ebird to submit our data. Each checklist submitted during the event helps researchers learn more about how birds are doing, and how to protect them and the environment we share. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair of ours. This program will be 100% outside and registration is limited to 10. Dress for the weather with warm boots. Masks are required. Children 6 years old and up are welcome and must always be accompanied by an adult. This is a free program. Registration is required.

  • Thursday, February 18th, 7-8:00 p.m.

    Join Jane Dobson, Mindful Nature Guide, in a webinar to explore tips for developing your own Forest Bathing practice at home or locally. With COVID still a daily reality, we cannot gather to explore our nature connection together, yet, we need nature's gifts of healing, resilience and connection more than ever. We’ll share thoughts on nature connection and things you can individually do to deepen your connection with the more-than-human world. This program is free 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.

  • Saturday, February 27th, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

    Take a walk along the carriage roads at dusk to discover who prowls in the dark! Join Lauren Borer, Mohonk Preserve Educator, and listen for owls calling, test your night vision and try on some “deer ears”. This program is 100% outside and is limited to 10 participants. Masks are required. Dress for the weather with warm boots. Bring a flashlight or headlamp with a red filter if you have one. Children age 5 and up are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. This is a free program. Registration is required.

Banner photo by Steve Aaron