What should I expect a typical day in summer camp to be like for my child?
Mohonk Preserve operates four 1-week sessions and five 2-week sessions of outdoor day camps that are part of our award-winning Environmental Education Program. Our experienced, professional educators work together and lead 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 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 can expect to 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 out of the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center. Young campers will explore nearby trails and participate in a wide range of activities to peak their curiosity about the natural world around them. Activities might 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.
Camp Peregrine and Mountainside Adventures
Camp Peregrine is for children aged 7-10. This program is enhanced by visiting special guests who share their artistic talents, and 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.