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Healthy Ulster 2021


We're happy to report that over 4,800 Ulster County residents received free, six week passes to Mohonk Preserve as part of our Healthy Ulster Pass program distribution from Wednesday, June 2 through Sunday, June 6, 2021.

Visitors with proof of Ulster County residency were able to pick out their passes at the Preserve’s Testimonial Gateway Trailhead on Rte. 299 in New Paltz, and the Spring Farm Trailhead off Mohonk Road in High Falls. The passes are valid until Sunday, July 11. 

  • This marks the 11th year the Preserve has offered its Healthy Ulster Pass program. The Preserve has distributed over 42,000 free one-month passes to Ulster County residents during the organization’s annual Healthy Ulster events. Special thanks to the Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation, for their generous ongoing support of the Healthy Ulster Pass program! We look forward to offering the Healthy Ulster Pass program again in early June, 2022. 

In addition to the Healthy Ulster Pass program, throughout the year there are other free or discounted opportunities to enjoy the Preserve:

  • Come to the Preserve Visitor Center in Gardiner, which is free and open to the public, whether members or not, every day. Many locals bring their guests to the Visitor Center as an introduction to the natural beauty of this area. Enjoy the J&S Grafton Sensory Trail for people of all ages and abilities, as well as two more miles of free trails, a Children’s Forest, self-guided Forest Nature Trail and Butterfly Garden.
  • Take advantage of the Preserve Library Pass Program at many local and regional libraries. Click here for a list of participating libraries.
  • For more frequent visits, consider an annual membership to get access every day at a cost of about $1 dollar a week. Senior, student, veteran and active-duty U.S. service member discounts are available. For membership information, click here.

As New York’s largest member- and visitor-supported nature preserve, 300,000 people sustain the Preserve through their memberships and day-pass fees each year, along with many individuals who support the Preserve through their philanthropic donations. The Preserve is committed to a model of community conservation that includes promoting outdoor recreation and healthy living while protecting over 8,000 acres of cliffs, forests, fields, and streams in its care for future generations.



Photos: View of the Ridge from Butterville Road in Spring by John Mizel