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Guided Field Studies Grades K-6

General Information and Fees (Scholarships Available)

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All field studies are led by Mohonk Preserve educators, are 3.5 hours in length, and include a break for lunch. The class size maximum is 30 including faculty, students, and chaperones. A minimum adult:child ratio of 1:8 is required. The program fee is $195. Refunds are available if cancellation is made no less than 48 hours prior to the date of your visit, minus a $25 processing fee. (*) Denotes programs that can accommodate two classes.

Scheduling a Field Study

Field studies are offered in the fall (late September through early November) and in the spring (late April through early June) on weekdays only. Scheduling operates on a first-come, first-served basis.

To schedule a field study, contact Kim Tischler, Education Coordinator, at or (845) 255-0919 ext. 1234.

Program Descriptions

  • Pond Study at Duck Pond*
    Pond Study at Duck Pond*

    Enjoy a beautiful day at the water’s edge, as students explore the fascinating diversity of life that dwells beneath the surface of the pond. Students dip nets into the water and collect and investigate the many creatures that call the pond their home. The program includes a leisurely ¾-mile interpretive walk to the pond. This program can accommodate two classes.

  • Native American Lifeways*
    Native American Lifeways*

    Your class will journey back in time over 500 years, imagining themselves as a Lenni Lenape child. A moderate ½-mile walk through the fields and forests brings students to the site of our recreated encampment, where our longhouse becomes the site for learning about Algonquin history and culture in the Hudson Valley. Students listen to a traditional story, then work in small groups to try their hand at corn-grinding, weaving, firemaking, and other life skills.

  • Life of the Field and Forest*
    Life of the Field and Forest*

    Using a multi-sensory approach, one or two classes explore and investigate the intricate web of life found in our fields and forests. Students locate, collect, and carefully identify the animals that live beneath our feet in open fields and meadows. In the forest, creature searches and animal behavior observations complement their discovery of plant and tree life and of the environmental factors that affect their growth.

  • Rocks and Ridgelines*
    Rocks and Ridgelines*

    Your students become geologists for the day as they learn how the Shawangunk Ridge was formed and slowly shaped over time. Students learn how to decipher clues left behind by the glaciers and form a new understanding of the Ice Age. The cliffs afford students the opportunity to discover geology physically, as they hike atop the ridge and gaze out upon the world-class views of the Hudson Valley.

  • From Field, to Forest, to Ridgeline
    From Field, to Forest, to Ridgeline

    1) Rock Scrambling Adventure: Your class will hike through three distinctly different environments, enjoying the unique natural features of each. Students participate in a rock scramble with the goal of summiting Bonticou Crag. Rock scrambling includes hiking on ever-changing angles of rock surfaces while gaining altitude. Students learn how to move their bodies smoothly as they transition from one balance point to the next. From atop the Crag, 360º views of the Hudson Valley reward students for their efforts. This is a 2.75-mile round-trip hike with some moderate-to-strenuous uphill sections.

    2) An Ecological Investigation: Students follow the same route detailed above, but hike a path to the summit of Bonticou Crag rather than a rock scramble. Along the way, they investigate the physical and biological characteristics innate to each ecosystem. This is a 2.75-mile round-trip hike with some moderate uphill sections.

  • Forest and Stream Exploration*
    Forest and Stream Exploration*

    Enjoy an exciting day of nature investigation in the woods and waters! Students dip their nets into the flowing waters of the Coxing Kill, to discover a vast array of aquatic life beneath the water’s surface. A relaxing walk through the woods presents students with sensory delights: the awesome sights, smells, and sounds of a northeastern forest. Through live animal searches and discoveries, students create their own learning experiences.

  • Rediscovering the Past: The Trapps Mountain Hamlet
    Rediscovering the Past: The Trapps Mountain Hamlet

    New York State’s only registered historic mountain hamlet, the Trapps Hamlet, offered a way of life that was drastically different than in the valleys below. Students follow a woodland trail to the restored Van Leuven Cabin, where they learn how families carved out a living through millstone cutting, barrel hoop making, charcoal production, and huckleberry picking. Students visit a family burial ground, tour the cabin, play a bartering game, and fetch water from the stream as they gain insight into family life in the late 1800s.

  • Have our traveling classroom come to your school! Choose from four exciting programs designed to engage students through direct contact with wildlife and authentic artifacts.

    - Hands-on Archaeology
    - Pond Keepers
    - River of Words
    - Creatures Alive!

Banner Photo by Gerald Berliner; Pond Study by Christy Belardo; Native American Lifeways by Anna Harrod; Life of the Field and Forest by Cathy Shiga-Gattullo; Rocks and Ridgelines by Anna Harrod; From Field, to Forest, to Ridgeline by Anna Harrod; Forest and Stream Exploration by Cathy Shiga-Gatullo; Rediscovering the Past by Kate Johnson; Outreach Programs by Christy Belardo