2021 Mohonk Preserve Summer Camps are cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic.
We look forward to offering Summer Camps again in 2022!

Young Explorers

Photo by Mohonk Preserve Education Staff

Our Young Explorers will experience a new adventure every day as they spend their mornings on the trails surrounding the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center and enjoy weekly field outings to other locations on the Preserve. They will participate in a range of activities such as building animal shelters in the Children’s Forest, playing nature games, music and storytelling, and creating their own art from nature.

Based at the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center, campers will spend their mornings exploring and interacting with nature. Each session will have a new and exciting theme ranging from adventures with water to local animals. Campers will have the opportunity to spend one morning during the week at another trailhead, exploring the many wonders of the Preserve.

AGES: 4 to 6 years old (limit 12 campers/session)
TIME: One-week sessions, Monday through Friday, 9am-12pm
TUITION: $225 Members / $245 Non-Members

Birth certificates are required for all participants. 

Camp Peregrine

As Peregrine Falcons are known to travel widely, so will campers – wandering the forests, fields, and streams of Mohonk Preserve. Through hiking expeditions, stream play, sketching, pond studies, storytelling, land art, and forest explorations, campers are encouraged to find their own unique expression and voice using nature as a medium. Creature searches, nature games, songs, and rambles in the outdoors will introduce your child to the wonders of the Shawangunk Ridge. Each day will be an adventure of exploration and discovery.

Please note: The drop-off and pick-up points vary each day for Camp Peregrine. Depending upon theme and planned activities, we rove on Mohonk Preserve or Mohonk Mountain House land. Parent packets, with map and daily locations, are provided in advance. 9am drop-off and 3pm pick-up is expected within a 15-minute window.

AGES: 7 to 10 years old (limit 19 campers/session)
TIME: One-week sessions, Monday through Friday, 9am-3pm
TUITION: $295 Members / $365 Non-Members

Birth certificates are required for all NEW participants. 

Mountainside Adventures

With over 8,000 acres, Mohonk Preserve lands offer unparalleled arenas for campers to explore! Mountainside Adventures allows campers to have fun while hiking to new and exciting destinations each day. Campers will focus on developing their problem-solving skills through exciting team challenges and spend their days creating their own adventures along the trails. Days will be active with quiet time at the end of each day for reflection, be it journaling in the forest or sketching within the recess of a rock crevice.

Please note: The drop-off and pick-up points vary each day for Mountainside Adventures. Depending upon theme and planned activities, we rove on Mohonk Preserve or Mohonk Mountain House land. Parent packets, with map and daily locations, are provided in advance. 9am drop-off and 3pm pick-up is expected within a 15-minute window.

AGES: 10 to 13 years old (limit 19 campers/session)
TIME: Two weeklong sessions, Monday through Friday, 9am-3pm (plus 1 exciting overnight)
TUITION: $595 Members / $665 Non-Members

A Typical Day At Camp

Photo by Mohonk Preserve Environmental Education Staff
What should I expect a typical day in summer camp to be like for my child?

Mohonk Preserve operates ten 1-week sessions and two 2-week sessions of outdoor day camps that are part of our award-winning Environmental Education Program. Our experienced, professional Lead and Environmental Educators work together with each and small group of campers while they play, hike, wade, explore, build, scramble and create.

Camp mornings begin at a Mohonk Preserve or Mohonk Mountain House access point. Educators and campers join in a morning circle to reflect about the previous day, and to discuss the current day’s adventure, snack and lunch spot, hiking terrain, activities, and expected stops. Campers are responsible for bringing their own lunch, snack, and water in a lightweight, durable daypack.

Each day is unique. Our travels take us through fields and forests, in and around ponds and streams, past cliff-side boulders, and up on ridges. Campers may build debris shelters, study stream creatures, create unique land art, cool off in rushing brooks, and rock scramble.

Campers come prepared with rain-gear each day, as we do hike in rainy weather. However, engaging indoor activities are always available if the educators switch locations and utilize one of our sheltered teaching spaces. Safety is our first priority. Pick up and drop off locations are subject to change due to inclement weather such as thunderstorms. Parents are notified in advance via email, about any changes in the schedule by 6pm the night before.

Each session ends with a closing ceremony that highlights the adventures, challenges, and exciting new realms that were explored. Parents and siblings are invited to attend.

Young Explorers is for children aged 4-6. This is a half-day program based at the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center. Young campers will explore nearby trails and participate in a wide range of activities to pique their curiosity about the natural world around them. Activities may include forest games, nature art, and stories related to each session’s theme.

Young Explorers will have the opportunity during their session to investigate other parts of the Preserve. One day a week, campers will meet at one of the Preserve trailheads so they may experience all that the ridge has to offer in another habitat.

Camp Peregrine is for children aged 7-10. This program is enhanced special days where parents are invited to join us for a rock scramble.

Mountainside Adventures is for children aged 10-13. In addition to longer hikes and group challenges and initiatives, the campers experience one exciting overnight during the second week of the session.

Why don’t you offer more sessions to serve more children?

Our camps are popular, in part, because of the small group size. Our Peregrine and Mountainside Adventure sessions are capped at 19 campers each. In 2014, we added Young Explorers for campers ages 4-6. This camp has the capacity of 12 campers per session. The safety of our campers is our highest priority. All camps require provisions for indoor accommodations in the event of thunderstorms, high winds, or other severe summer weather. The Preserve has limited indoor space at our Visitor Center and Brook Farm House, and all rooms are in full use throughout the summer months. We offer 4 sessions of Young Explorers, 6 sessions of Camp Peregrine, and 2 two-week sessions of Mountainside Adventures.

Why is early registration offered for returning campers?

Returning campers are given a one-week window to register before the general registration opens. This allows us to foster a deeper relationship with campers and their families. 

Why can’t siblings and friends be guaranteed registration in the same camp session?

Our online registration operates on a first come, first serve basis, and some sessions fill quickly. Also, our camps seek a closely balanced gender ratio. It is impossible for us to guarantee spots for siblings and friend pairs, but we encourage you to plan ahead and register early. Once a camp session is full, we encourage you to use the wait-list.

Do you have scholarships available?

Yes. The Mohonk Preserve is committed to serving children, regardless of their ability to pay. Scholarship applications are available online and must be received by the deadline. Scholarship recipients will be notified prior to registration. Incomplete and late applications are not eligible. 

Where does the camp meet each day?

Camp Peregrine and Mountainside Adventures rove on Mohonk Preserve and Mohonk Mountain House land. In order to optimize the camper experience, and explore the treasures of the ridge, drop-off and pick-up points vary each day depending on theme and activity. Parents are given a detailed schedule in advance and provided with a map (including an online, customized Google map).

Our Young Explorers camp meets at the Visitor Center, and has field program day each week at other locations on the Preserve. Parents will receive a schedule and map with drop-off and pick-up points for those days. 

What are the hours of your camps?

Young Explorers runs from 9am until 12pm. Our Camp Peregrine and Mountainside Adventure programs run from 9am-3pm. Because of the unique nature of this program, we are not able to offer before or after care. Drop off and pick up must be within a 15-minute grace period.

What happens if I register my child and our plans change? Can I get a refund?

Tuition and the enrollment fee are required at the time of registration and are non-refundable. Please plan accordingly before registering.

Banner Photo by Carol Rietsma