Mohonk Preserve is a Proud Leave No Trace Community Partner

For 60 years, the Preserve has been saving the land for life, protecting over 8,000 acres of mountain cliffs, forests, fields and streams, along with the 1,400 species of plants and animals who call this place home.In March 2022, we became a Leave No Trace Community Partner. Since that time, we have significantly elevated Leave No Trace training and guidance for our staff, volunteers, members and visitors so that we can protect and enjoy our natural world together!

Leave No Trace Proud Partner

Leave No Trace Principles

Plan Ahead and Prepare

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Planning ahead is important for ensuring the safety of groups and individuals. Planning ahead also prepares you to Leave No Trace, minimizes resource damage, and contributes to accomplishing trip goals safely and enjoyably. Read our visitor guidelines here to plan your visit to Mohonk Preserve.

Travel on Durable Surfaces

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The goal of traveling on durable surfaces is to move through natural areas while avoiding damage to the land or waterways. Use designated trails and travel on durable surfaces, like rock, when possible to minimize your impact.

Dispose of Waste Properly

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“Pack it in, Pack it out.” All visitors have a responsibility to clean up before they leave. Pack out all trash and utilize the trash and recycling containers at our trailhead parking lots.

Leave What You Find
Lady Slipper flowers

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Minimize your alterations to the environment and help keep nature in nature by leaving what you find. Picking a few flowers does not seem like it would have a great impact but, if every visitor thought “I’ll just take a few,” there will be a much more significant impact. Instead, take a picture to remember your adventures in nature and allow others a sense of discovery by leaving rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts and other objects of interest as you find them.

Respect Wildlife

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Do not disturb wildlife or plants just for a “better look.” Observe wildlife from a distance so they are not scared or forced to flee. While some animals may not seem bothered by your presence, wildlife can be unpredictable. Keeping your distance will also help protect you and your pets. Do not touch, get close to, feed, or pick up wild animals. It is stressful to the animal, and it is possible that the animal may harbor rabies or other diseases.

Be Considerate of Others

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One of the most important components of outdoor ethics is to maintain courtesy toward other visitors. It helps everyone enjoy their outdoor experience. Many people come to the outdoors to listen to nature. Excessive noise, uncontrolled pets and damaged surroundings take away from the natural appeal of the outdoors. Thoroughly consider how your experience might affect the way someone else enjoys the outdoors.

2023 Leave No Trace Spotlight Program

In July 2023, the Preserve was proud to be selected as a Leave No Trace Spotlight site. From Friday, July 28 to Sunday, July 30, 2023, a Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Team was onsite at Mohonk Preserve to work with the community and local partners to deliver Leave No Trace education and partner on restoration and stewardship projects.

Free public programs included Leave No Trace Trivia/Outreach and Coffee with a Ranger; Family Stewardship Project with Native Plants; Introduction to General Trail Maintenance; Leave No Trace Community Pop-Up; and a Spotlight Social featuring Mohonk Preserve staff, Community Partners from the recreational and nonprofit community, and the Leave No Trace team. The Leave No Trace team also led two communications and planning programs for Preserve staff and volunteers.

Read All About It!

Learn more about how Mohonk Preserve is promoting Leave No Trace principles:

Mohonk Preserve selected for Leave No Trace program
Times Union Hudson Valley | July 13, 2023

Eco-Etiquette: Mohonk Preserve partners with Leave No Trace to educate novice hikers
by Erin Quinn | Hudson Valley One | April 13, 2022

Low-Impact Climbing Guidelines
Mohonk Preserve

About Leave No Trace

Using the power of science, education for all, and stewardship to support and protect nature, Leave No Trace is on a mission to ensure a sustainable future for the outdoors and the planet. Learn more at:

Let’s protect and enjoy our natural world together!

  • Learn more about Leave No Trace. Gain knowledge and expand your outdoor ethic through free courses on
  • Become a member today. Be our partner in preserving the ridge!
  • Volunteer. Join the over 400 volunteers who perform a wide variety of services and contribute over 15,000 hours of their energy and skills annually.
  • Donate. With your help we can safeguard this special place for everyone for generations to come.

Banner photo by Jeff Severson

Leave No Trace Principle photos by Bill Winter, Winnie Abramson, Frank Tkac, Renee Zernitsky, and Glenn Koehler. Spotlight program photos by Bill Winter, Elizabeth Tully, Winnie Abramson, John Spens and Karen Maloy Brady.