Spring has fully sprung at Mohonk Preserve, with wildflowers in bloom and bird songs in the air. In this issue of Ridgelines you’ll get a preview of the return of our Plein Air Art Walk and learn about how dedicated volunteers are supporting the Preserve and the next generation of conservationists. We also pay tribute to Sara Senior for 55 years of leadership on the boards of The Mohonk Trust and Mohonk Preserve.

With the warmer weather, we look forward to welcoming many of you back on the Preserve’s trails and carriage roads.

Banner photo by Maryalice Citera

Plein Air Artwalk by Andrea MacScott

Be Inspired by Art and Nature

After a one-year hiatus, Mohonk Preserve will again host regional artists during the fourth Plein Air Art Walk and Auction on Saturday, June 8, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain date Sunday, June 9).

“This inspirational project connects land, art and community,” said Mohonk Preserve Special Events Manager Tom Leader. “We’re working together again with Roost Arts Hudson Valley and have selected 29 artists, including some favorites from previous years, along with first-time participants.”

The Testimonial Gateway Trailhead landscape in which the artists will work features the historic Testimonial Gateway Tower and magnificent views of the Shawangunk Ridge and surrounding Mohonk Preserve Foothills’ fields and historic farms.

“The artists will be stationed along the tree-lined Pin Oak Allée on the Lenape Lane carriage road and the Ridgeview Trail, part of the Mohonk Preserve Foothills Loop of the River-to-Ridge Trail,” Tom noted. “Each artist will create art in the form of a painting or drawing, on site in plein air based on the theme of nature and the outdoors.”

Confirmed artists as of May 17th include Christina Boyd, Bruce Bundock, Linda Champanier, Monica Cohen, Nell Shaw Cohen, Cathy Copeland, Patricia Cummins, Laura Debona, Shoshana Aliza Driller, Marianne Goldstein, Susan Hansen, Emeline Hastings, Robin Kappy, Pearl Lau, Michael Lokensgaard, Laura Martinez-Bianco, Kate Masters, Kirsten McAllister, Donna Napolitano, Chrissy Pahucki, Geraldine Popko, Stephanie Reiter, Tatiana Rhinevault, Mitchell Saler, Matthew Schroeter, Lisa Teitelbaum, Jerry Teters, Maria Vaccarino and Marlene Wiedenbaum.

The event is open to Mohonk Preserve members at no charge and to visitors with the purchase of a day pass for $15 per person. Children 15 and under are always free.

Following the event on June 8th the art will be on display at Mohonk Preserve’s Visitor Center where visitors may view the art in the Preserve’s new gallery space and bid in the online auction beginning Monday, June 10th. A closing reception is planned for Sunday, June 30 with online bidding closing later that evening at 9 p.m. The online auction will be open to all and money raised will benefit the participating artists, Mohonk Preserve and Roost Arts Hudson Valley.

For more information on the Plein Air Art Walk and Auction, visit Plein Air Art Walk – Mohonk Preserve.

The Preserve’s Visitor Center Gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features art from local and regional artists. Recent exhibits have included paintings by Doug Ferguson and drawings by Liza Mills, photographs by the Mohonk Preserve Volunteer Photographers, photographs by Hardie Truesdale, acrylic and oil paintings by Tomi Nonenmacher-Stern and pastels by Marlene Wiedenbaum. For more information visit Art Show at Mohonk Preserve. Matted prints by the Mohonk Preserve Volunteer Photographers and drawings by Liza Mills are also available for purchase from the Visitor Center Nature Shop.

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Hannah Park, SCA intern, between Richard and Tammy Feuer on a trail crew. Photo by Jasmine Howard.

Mohonk Preserve Partners with the Student Conservation Association

Mohonk Preserve became a partner with the Student Conservation Association (SCA), the national leader in youth service and stewardship, in 2024. Created in 1999, the SCA Hudson Valley AmeriCorps program provides 10-month internships across the Hudson Valley region, spanning multiple conservation disciplines. SCA AmeriCorps is a grant program contingent upon federal funding and SCA receives a set number of spots in SCA AmeriCorps each year. Members/interns are eligible for student loan deferral while interning and an AmeriCorps Education Award after successful completion of service.

This partnership was made financially possible by Tammy and Richard Feuer, Preserve volunteers and Legacy Society members. As avid hikers, they recognized the need for intensive trail work at Mohonk Preserve such as rerouting trails and installing erosion prevention features. Having volunteered with AmeriCorps interns on New York-New Jersey Trail Conference crews, the Feuers were excited to support the idea of Mohonk Preserve Director of Stewardship Chuck Reid to initiate a partnership with the SCA.

Tammy and Richard joined Mohonk Preserve in 2021 after semi-retiring to the area. The Feuers made an immediate impact through their volunteer work in a variety of activities, contributing over 1,000 hours during their first two years. By 2023 they were taking on leadership roles, with Tammy becoming the Volunteer Educators Coordinator and beginning the Meadow Guardians invasive plant strike force, and Richard becoming the steward for the Van Leuven Cabin, designing and hosting public programs in the Trapps Mountain Hamlet area. Richard was also appointed to the Preserve’s Land Management and Facilities Committee. That year, the couple were recipients of the Gregory Switlik Sr. Volunteer Achievement Award for their outstanding service.

In November of 2023, Tammy and Richard provided seed money to initiate the SCA partnership in 2024 with three SCA interns and established the Feuer Land Management Endowment Fund to ensure the legacy of the program. Income from the fund supports trail and carriage road management, forest, stream and invasive species management and habitat restoration work. A critical part of the endowment reflects Tammy and Richard’s commitment to building the next generation of conservation leaders.

Chuck Reid, who coordinates the interns at Mohonk Preserve said, “The Feuers’ support has provided critical assistance for our stewardship efforts to balance the Preserve’s commitment to a conservation-first mission with the recreational use of our lands. The interns further our efforts to address our ecosystem’s complex management challenges.”

Richard Feuer noted, “Our legacy as stewards of this land is to ensure that we create lasting trail structures to promote long-term durability against heavy use and climate impacts.”

Following a competitive application and interviewing process, three SCA interns joined the Preserve in February – Nicholas Eubank, Hannah Park and Camille Seliquini – for a 10-month program of environmental conservation experiences. All of the interns have completed college degrees in environmental areas and applied to the Preserve because of the diverse experience that they would gain by engaging with the Preserve’s Stewardship and Conservation & Community Education staff. Their roles include assisting with phenology and ecological research, education and summer camp programs, and historic carriage road and trail construction and maintenance. The interns have lived in New York, California and Kansas and share housing on the Preserve during the internship.

“I chose the SCA for its numerous professional development opportunities and the community aspect of connecting with other members and networking,” said SCA intern Hannah Park, “I chose an internship at Mohonk Preserve because of the variety of different experiences and skills learned, which is helping me hone in on what I want to do long term.”

The interns further demonstrated their commitment to conservation at the Preserve by applying for and being selected as leaders for the SCA Hudson Valley AmeriCorp’s 2024 service project in September. This project will bring together 47 SCA interns assigned to conservation organizations throughout the Hudson Valley for a three-day workshop hosted by Minnewaska State Park Preserve, the American Alpine Club and Mohonk Preserve. The goals of the workshop are to provide stewardship learning opportunities for the SCA interns and to reroute the Millbrook Mountain Trail connecting Minnewaska and Mohonk Preserve.

“We thank Tammy and Richard for their extraordinary commitment of time and energy as volunteers and for their vision and generosity in establishing the Feuer Land Management Endowment Fund,” said Mohonk Preserve President Kevin Case. “Their dedication to this organization, and more importantly to the land, will help ensure its health and well-being for generations to come.”

For more information about helping to sponsor an SCA intern or contributing to the Feuer Land Management Endowment Fund, contact Mohonk Preserve Senior Manager of Government & Funder Relations Meme Hanley at mhanley@mohonkpreserve.org.

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Sara Senior from the Mohonk Preserve Archives

Five Decades of Dedication

At the April meeting of Mohonk Preserve’s Board of Directors, the group extended its thanks to Sara S. Senior for her outstanding service as a Director for 55 years from April 1969 to April 2024.

A graduate of Germantown Friends School and the University of Pennsylvania, Sara served the University as president of the General Alumni Society and as a member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee. Sara first visited Mohonk Mountain House when her late husband, Dr. John Senior, was recruited as a summer resident physician at the Mountain House, where the Senior family spent the month of August for many years.

Sara joined the board of the Preserve’s predecessor organization, The Mohonk Trust, as a trustee in 1969 and was made co-chair the following year. In 1975, she was named chair of the Board of Trustees succeeding Rev. Winslow D. Shaw, who remained a trustee. She continued as chair for 30 years until 2005, when she was succeeded by longtime Mohonk Preserve Board member Ron Knapp.

One of Sara’s many notable accomplishments was leading The Mohonk Trust through the landmark 1976 court case in which the Town of Gardiner challenged the Trust’s tax-exempt status. Despite initial lost cases, Sara persevered, collaborating with the legal team and Trust supporters, to successfully appeal and win a case that became a key legal basis for New York State’s open space tax-exemption.

After the Mohonk Trust v. Assessors case was settled, in 1981 Sara presided over the reorganization of The Mohonk Trust into Mohonk Preserve, Inc., a nonprofit corporation. She was subsequently named Mohonk Preserve’s first president.

Sara once again exhibited bold leadership when launching the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center project, the organization’s first capital campaign, and raising nearly $5 million to create an award-winning “green design” building.

In addition to offering extraordinary leadership and generous financial support, Sara is a Life Member, Preserver and Legacy Society member.

In a resolution of the Preserve Board of Directors offered by Ron Knapp, he noted, “The Board wishes Sara the very best and thanks her for the friendship and support that all of us have enjoyed. We are grateful for her extraordinary tenure, deep knowledge, unbridled passion, continuing tenacity and unwavering support of Mohonk Preserve and its mission over a span of five and a half decades.”

Preserve staff members heartily concur!

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Spring Bloom by Gerald Liddelow

Nurture Your Legacy This Spring

Spring brings a season of growth and renewal, ideal for planting roots that will flourish far into the future. Mohonk Preserve has partnered with FreeWill in offering an accessible, no-cost resource to get started on your estate plan and align your legacy with your values. It’s a straightforward process that ensures your wishes are honored, your loved ones are cared for and the causes you support are acknowledged.

The beauty of spring is a reminder that now is the time to act. Including a legacy gift to Mohonk Preserve in your estate plan is a profound way to support our mission of protecting the Shawangunk Ridge and inspiring people to care for, enjoy and explore the natural world. Please click the button above and plant roots toward a lasting gift to the people and places you love.

P.S. If you’ve already created an estate plan and included a legacy gift to Mohonk Preserve, but haven’t let us know yet, please fill out this brief form!

Seasonal Photo Gallery

View seasonal photographs by our volunteer photographers below!

See more photos by the Mohonk Preserve Volunteer Photographers on their Facebook page.

Seasonal Updates

IN APPRECIATION. Go to our listing of Memorial and Honorary Gifts, Premium Members, and Business Members received January 1 through March 31, 2024.

Get Into Nature: See a full list of upcoming programs here including Evening Yoga and Star Gazing.

“Natural Wonders of the Hudson Valley,” a photography exhibit by the Mohonk Preserve Volunteer Photographers, will be on display at the The Arts Society of Kingston (ASK) during the month of June. Join us for an opening reception on Saturday, June 1st from 3-5 p.m.

Art Show at Mohonk Preserve: Roaming The Ridge, an art exhibit and sale by Marlene Wiedenbaum, will be on display at the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center Gallery during the month of May.

Summer Camp at Mohonk Preserve: Only a few spots left – sign up your camper today! Camp Peregrine and Mountainside Adventures provide opportunities for children ages 7-13 to spend their summer outside enjoying the natural wonders the Shawangunk Ridge has to offer.

The Ride for Mental Health: Calling all cyclists! Registration is now open for The Ride for Mental Health on June 22nd-23rd in New Paltz, NY (or participate virtually!). The event helps raise money for education, research and treatment of mental health.

Peregrine Falcon Updates: Through our Peregrine Watch program, we now have confirmed nesting activity in the Trapps.

Check out our upcoming exciting events:


MOHONK PRESERVE BUSINESS PARTNERS. Thank you to all our Business Partners. See the full list of Mohonk Preserve Business Partners in our area guide.


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