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Outreach Programs

School-Site Programs with the Preserve

Our unique traveling outreach programs engage learners through active, inquiry-driven lessons that build positive outdoor experiences which support healthful living and foster an appreciation of the natural world. All programs are led by professional educators and are aligned to Common Core, NYS Learning and Next Generation Science Standards and can be tailored to your needs.

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Scheduling a Program

Outreach programs are offered from November to April on weekdays only. Scheduling operates on a first-come, first-served basis. To schedule an outreach program, contact Ashawna Abbott, Education Outreach Coordinator, 845-255-0919 ext. 1242

Program Descriptions

  • Hands-On Archaeology
    Hands-On Archaeology

    60-minute program.

    Would your students enjoy handling authentic native tools … seeing an array of arrowheads with new eyes … exploring how stone, clay, and bone were used to do every day jobs thousands of years ago … and never again looking at the ground in the same way? Then bring the excitement of archaeological discovery into your school with this unique opportunity! This program brings artifacts from the Hudson Valley region into your classroom where students touch, investigate, and discover experientially.

    Dynamic, small group activities enhance student learning through engagement with the materials of daily Iroquois and Algonquin life, including the chronology (dating) of arrowheads, identification of tools and their function, reconstruction of artifacts, and an introduction to pestles, awls, hammerstones, spear points, pottery, and more.

  • Creatures Alive!
    Creatures Alive!

    60-minute program.

    Through a hands-on investigation with local aquatic life, students interact with, identify, classify, and observe how these creatures live and interact in their underwater environment. Students investigate the concept of niche as they meet aquatic insects, mollusks, amphipods, annelids, zooplankton and their predators as they explore how clean water plays a vital role in our environment and in our health.

  • Two-week program.

    Bring the wonder of a pond into your classroom with the Pond Keepers program. Students will learn how a variety of creatures adapt to life in a pond during this in-depth study. A Preserve educator will set up a mini-pond aquarium, stocked with local pond life, that will stay in your classroom for two weeks. The Preserve provides:

    - Teacher training prior to the program;
    - Two classroom visits from a Preserve educator to introduce and wrap up the program;
    - A curriculum packed with activities;
    - A digital camera to create projects that record what the students have learned and observed;
    - A pond habitat poster, creature flash cards, and other resource materials.

  • Hudson Valley Climate and Species Change
    Hudson Valley Climate and Species Change

    A two-week STEM program

    Actively engage your students as they apply STEM skills to the study of climate and species changes on a local level. With a focus on observable, measurable data and with more than 100 years of weather data from the Mohonk Preserve’s Daniel Smiley Research Center, students graph and conduct a trend analysis of long- and short-term data, study a tree’s record of climate, and research indicator species. By comparing historic and current weather and species observation records, students develop an understanding of our changing local and global climate and what steps can be taken to reduce or reverse those impacts.

    This program can be offered as a remote program for students who are distance learning. Students will be introduced to the weather data collection at the Daniel Smiley Research Center through videos. Then through interactive activities and instructional videos students will explore phenology, collect local weather data, analyze Mohonk Lake ice data, and conduct research on a local indicator species.

Fees (Scholarships Available)

One Hour Programs:
Hands-on Archaeology and Creatures Alive!

  • $150 for first class
  • $80 for each additional class on the same day in the same school

Two-Week Extended Programs:
Pond Keepers and Hudson Valley Climate and Species Change

  • $225 per class
  • $245 per class for Pond Keepers

To request scholarship assistance, click here.

Please note: A $50 surcharge will be added for schools that are beyond a 20-mile radius from the Mohonk Preserve.

Accessibility & Student Accommodations

The Preserve’s award-winning NatureAccess® program provides universally designed lessons wherever possible. Our experienced education staff has expertise in pre-K – 18 education, special education and outdoor education and is adept at meeting a broad range of needs and learning styles.

Also Available:

Remotely-Delivered Outreach Programs
Field Studies at Mohonk Preserve for grades K-6
STEM Field Investigations at Mohonk Preserve for grades 6-12


Banner Photo by Connie DeDona; Hands-On Archaeology by Susan Lehrer; Creatures Alive! by Jay Diggs; Pond Keepers by Connie DeDona; Climate and Species Change by Christy Belardo