Camp Peregrine and Mountainside Adventures

 

Campers at Bonticou Crag. Photo by Mohonk Preserve Staff

 

Registration opens January 16, 2024 at 10am!

 

Mohonk Preserve summer camp programs provide opportunities for children ages 7-13 to spend their summer outside enjoying the natural wonders the Shawangunk Ridge has to offer. Under the careful supervision of our dedicated and professional educators, campers will laugh, play and learn together; explore interests and abilities; and expand their understanding of themselves, each other and the natural world to which they belong.  

 

Registering 

You must have an online account through our online registration portal before you can register for any programs. Click here for a tutorial on how to set up an account

  • Some programs fill quickly. Don’t delay in registering your child!
  • Families can register for one camp session per child.
  • Registration opens Tuesday, January 16th, 2024 at 10am.
  • We seek a closely balanced gender ratio for all summer programs.
  • Scholarships applicant deadline was December 15, 2023.
  • Preserve members receive a discount on summer camp tuition! You must be a member prior to registering your child to be eligible for the discount. There are many other benefits to becoming a Preserve member. Click here to become a member.

 

 Click here for a tutorial on summer camp registration

Camp Peregrine Advanced 

Campers conquering a rock scramble. Photo by Mohonk Preserve Staff

Camp Peregrine Advanced is for campers who already take their hiking seriously and love long distance adventures and challenging rock scrambles. Campers will be taking on rock scrambles such as Bonticou Crag, Rock Rift, Giant’s Workshop and the Labyrinth and Lemon Squeeze. Come prepared for lots of hiking and exploring in nature! Campers attending this week need to have experience with rock scrambles unassisted and longer day hikes. Scrambles are weather permitting.

AGES: 7 to 10 years old (limit 15 campers/session)
DETAILS: One-week session, Monday through Thursday, 9am-3pm, Friday 9am-12pm
TUITION: $425 members; $506 non-members

July 8-12 – Rambles, Scrambles & More FULL

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 Monday through Thursday is expected within a 15-minute window. Fridays are a half day with pick up at 12pm.

Camp Peregrine

Camper with grasshopper. Photo by Mohonk Preserve Staff

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.

AGES: 7 to 10 years old (limit 15 campers/session)
DETAILS: One-week sessions, Monday through Thursday, 9am-3pm, Friday 9am-12pm
TUITION: $425 members; $506 non-members

Families can choose from one of two sessions themes during the summer. Check the Camp Peregrine Session Description tab for descriptions of each camp week.

Session 1:  July 15-19 – Creatures of Mohonk
Session 2:  August 5-9 – Mohonk Grows 

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 Monday through Thursday is expected within a 15-minute window. Fridays are a half day with pick up at 12pm.

 

Mountainside Adventures

Mountainside Adventures at Bonticou Crag. Photo by Mohonk Preserve Staff

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.

AGES: 10 to 13 years old (limit 15 campers/session)
DETAILS: Choose one of two summer sessions. Monday through Thursday, 9am-3pm, Friday 9am-12pm 
TUITION: $425 members; $506 non-members

Session I:  July 22-26
Session II: July 29-August 2 FULL

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 Monday through Thursday is expected within a 15-minute window. Fridays are a half day with pick up at 12pm.

A Typical Day At Camp

Campers playing a game. Photo by Mohonk Preserve Staff
 
What should I expect a typical day in summer camp to be like for my child?

Mohonk Preserve operates 1-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 small groups of campers while they play, hike, wade, explore, build, scramble and create.

Camp mornings begin at a Mohonk Preserve or Mohonk Mountain House access points. 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.

Camp Peregrine is for children aged 7-10. Campers explore different themes each week with creative hands-on learning and fun in the outdoors. Hiking, exploring nature, and making new friends is what these sessions are all about.

Camp Peregrine Advanced is for children aged 7-10. Some of our campers are ready for longer and more challenging hikes on the land! This camp week is for them! Campers will tackle Bonticou Crag, the Lemon Squeeze and more. Campers must be comfortable taking on these longer and more challenging rock scrambles.

Mountainside Adventures is for children aged 10-13. Our older campers will take on longer hikes, group challenges, and initiatives along with exploring the many habitats on the Preserve. Bonticou Crag, Rock Rift, Lemon Squeeze, and more are all on the agenda along with orienteering, shelter building and other adventures!

 

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 15 campers each in 2024.  Our professional Educators lead our camp sessions and bring to the camp a wealth of environmental and outdoor education experience. 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.

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. 

The deadline for scholarship applications is December 15th, 2023.

Visit the Scholarship Information tab.

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).

 

What are the hours of your camps?

Our Camp Peregrine and Mountainside Adventures programs run from 9am-3pm Monday through Thursday and 9am to 12pm on Fridays. 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?

Refund Policy

Partial refunds (tuition cost minus a $75 processing fee) will be available if cancellations occur prior to January 23, 2024.

A 50% refund of tuition minus a $75 processing fee will be available prior to January 30. 2024.

Tuition is non-refundable after January 30, 2024.

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

Camp Peregrine Advanced

 

Campers on a rock scramble hike. Photo by Mohonk Preserve Staff

Camp Peregrine Advanced is for campers who already take their hiking up a notch and love long distance hikes and challenging rock scrambles. Campers will be taking on rock scrambles such as Bonticou Crag, Rock Rift, Giant’s Workshop and the Labyrinth and Lemon Squeeze. Campers attending this week must have experience and be comfortable with rock scrambles and longer day hikes.

 

 

 

Rambles, Scrambles & More

July 8th – July 12th 

Have an experienced hiker who loves the challenge of rock scrambling and enjoys hiking to some of our “secret” spots – this camp week is for you! Join us for a week of exploring the Preserve’s trails and favorite rock scrambles. Come prepared for lots of hiking and exploring in nature! Campers attending this week must have experience with rock scramble terrain and longer day hikes. Scrambles are weather permitting.

Camp Peregrine  

Photo by Mohonk Preserve Staff

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creatures of Mohonk

July 15th19th    

Spend a week of hiking and exploring the Ridge in search of the creatures that call Mohonk Preserve home! We will sweep for butterflies and dragonflies in the fields, scoop for invertebrates in the stream, search for signs of squirrels and deer in the forest, listen for frog calls in the pond, and look for birds in every habitat.  

 

Mohonk Grows
August 5th-9th   

 

Spend the week hiking, exploring, and learning about the diversity of all things that grow on the Ridge. From brightly colored flowers of the fields to the tall and mighty oaks of the forest – and don’t forget about those mosses on the rocks! We will explore it all. Throw in a visit to the stream and pond and we have the recipe for a perfect week of summer camp!  

Scholarships

Mountainside Adventures campers enjoying a wet hike. Photo by Mohonk Preserve Staff

Mohonk Preserve is committed to serving families regardless of their economic status. 

Please review the camp descriptions and select the session(s) your camper is interested in attending.

Completed scholarship applications and all required forms must be received by Friday, December 15th, 2023 to be considered. Scholarship recipients will be informed by December 21st and must accept by January 5th, 2024.

Click here for the 2024 Scholarship Application
Click here for the 2024 Medical Consent, Liability and Photo Release Form

Banner photo by Renée Zernitsky