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Join with other Mohonk Preserve members, volunteers and supporters who are safeguarding an area designated as "one of Earth's last great places." With your help, we are protecting and stewarding the land, monitoring climate change, and educating future generations about the importance of conservation. Your support helps us to provide 300,000 annual visitors of all ages and abilities with a safe, participatory experience in nature. Thank you for helping the Preserve fulfill our mission of protecting the Shawangunk Mountains region and inspiring people to care for, enjoy and explore their natural world!
Photo by: Tom Weiner
Since its founding, the Preserve's Education program has gotten over 100,000 children into nature. Under the leadership of Director of Education Kathy Ambrosini, our award-winning NatureAccess program provides quality outdoor education for people of all abilities, and our many diverse programs and events offer something for everyone, from recreationists to naturalists-at-heart. Curriculum-based field studies and outreach programs highlight the natural wonders of the Shawangunk Ridge on the land, online or in the classroom. The Education team continues to work on new methods of reaching people in ways that enhance understanding, expand access, and strengthen their commitments to nature.
Your support of Education and all the Preserve's programs will help us achieve our mission goals!
This year, Preserve Rangers and Trailhead staff have joined to become one unified team called Visitor Experience. Led by Director of Visitor Experience/Chief Ranger Andrew Bajardi, this team focuses on the human dynamic at the Preserve with recreation, safety and support services. With recent increases in visitation, including new audiences, nurturing the experiences members and visitors have at the Preserve is more important than ever. The Visitor Experience team is committed to maintaining the critical balance between recreation and conservation, while promoting low-impact, Leave-No-Trace principles for all visitors.
Your support of Visitor Experience and all the Preserve's programs will help us achieve our mission goals!
In 2020, the Preserve's Conservation Science and Land Protection programs joined to become Conservation Programs, under the leadership of Director Julia Solomon. This fusion enhances both our climate and natural history research, including citizen science programs, and our land protection and management work, including ongoing work with landowners to protect high priority properties. The Preserve's rich research legacy continues to grow with our award-winning weather database and archive, combined with our natural history records dating back to the 1890s. Our land protection team has elevated our knowledge of the Preserve's lands through monitoring and mapping, resulting in our new comprehensive trail map and upgraded wayfinding tools. Working together, these conservation professionals will take a comprehensive approach to deepening our connections and commitments to nature and our communities.
Your support of Conservation and all the Preserve's programs will help us achieve our mission goals!
Photo by: Janet Lee Bachant
The Preserve's Stewardship program is responsible for the planning and management of the Preserve's land and facilities and is led by Director of Stewardship Chuck Reid. Guided by our land management plans, the Stewardship team maintains our lands and infrastructure, balancing the Preserve's commitment to conservation with recreational access. The Stewardship team manages over 8,000 acres of property including 70 miles of historic carriage roads and trails, along with five trailheads, the Visitor Center, and other Preserve buildings, facilities and equipment. The critical work of our Stewardship staff is essential to facilitate access to healthy outdoor activities and conserve the natural environment for future generations.
Your support of Stewardship and all the Preserve's programs will help us achieve our mission goals!
Photo by: Maryalice Citera