Family Equity Days
Mohonk Preserve is excited to offer Family Equity Days for New York State SNAP & EBT recipients to bring up to 8 family members into the great outdoors! Each Family Equity Day offers free 90 minute, back-to-nature themed programs, expertly guided by a professional Environmental Educator. Offered on two days in July and two days in August, choose from a variety of experiences to best meet your family’s interests!
We ask that you arrive for the program at least 15 minutes before the start time to park, use restrooms and meet up with your Educator. Covid-safety protocols are in place and masks are required for those who are unvaccinated. Your Educator is responsible for providing coordination in advance, instruction, program materials and set up. Parents and guardians are responsible for supervising their children during the program. We ask that everyone, including adults, actively participate and enjoy the day’s activities together!
July 20th, July 29th, August 2nd, & August 17th, offered at 9:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
What could be more fun than a hike to explore pond life at the water’s edge! Your family will discover the fascinating diversity of life above and beneath the pond’s surface. Guided by a professional Environmental Educator, you’ll use nets to find small creatures that live in the water, figure out how they breathe, what they eat, and maybe who eats them! What will you find? Newts? Tadpoles? Dragonflies? Giant water bugs? This program is appropriate for families with children ages 5 and up.
Photo by Maxine Kamin
July 20th, July 29th, August 2nd, August 17th, offered at 9:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Experience a day with the family on the ancestral lands of the Lenni Lenape People! You’ll enjoy a hike through fields and woodlands as you journey to our recreated Lenape encampment. Let your imagination soar as our professional Environmental Educator guides you to the longhouse where you’ll discover how these indigenous people and their rich culture thrived in a place that sustained and provided for all their needs. Your family will have the change to test their skills with our hands-on activities practiced by Lenape children and adults during the Contact Period. We’ll share what we’re continuing to learn from their descendants, known today as the Delaware Tribe of Indians, and where they are now! This program is appropriate for families with children ages 6 and up.
Photo by David Ramage
July 20th, August 2nd, August 17th, offered at 9:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Bring the family to Mohonk Preserve for a day of fun and discovery! Come explore our stream habitat in one activity-filled session. Guided by a professional Environmental Educator, this adventure draws you into nature where you’ll uncover animals that call the Preserve home. Experience the opportunity to investigate, isolate, identify and gently return these amazing creatures to their watery homes before you leave. You’ll need to wear shoes for the program, but we invite you to pack water shoes and wade in the stream if it’s a warm day (lifeguards not provided). This program is appropriate for families with children ages 5 and up.
Photo by Renee Zernitsky
August 2nd, offered at 9:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m. & 2:30 p.m
Looking for a fun-filled activity to get the family outdoors? You’ll be guided by a professional Environmental Educator who will teach you how to measure your family’s individual paces and lead you through a compass wayfinding game. This program requires basic math skills and is appropriate for families with children ages 8 and up.
Photo by Celeste Brunell
Follow the above link to create an account for your family. If you do not have internet access or need help registering for one of these programs, please call our Education Coordinator for Public & Youth Programs at (845) 255-0919 ext. 1239.
Inclement Weather Policy:
Family Equity Days will be held rain or shine. In the event of potentially dangerous weather forecast to occur during program time, Mohonk Preserve (MP) reserves the right to cancel the program for safety. Should this occur, you will receive notification by 7:00 pm on the evening before your program. If dangerous weather moves in during a program, MP reserves the right to end the program early.
Mohonk Preserve is open to the public 365 days/year. You may encounter other visitors on the trail or in the vicinity.
Questions? Contact Lauren Borer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Banner Photo by Cornelia DeDona