Mohonk Preserve

Consider using the Mohonk Preserve

As you schedule your course activities for the fall semester, please consider using the Mohonk Preserve, a non-profit anchor institution in New Paltz that focuses on conservation science, environmental education, land protection, and land stewardship, to extend your teaching beyond the classroom. SUNY New Paltz has an Institutional Agreement with the Mohonk Preserve. The Agreement welcomes faculty to bring classes to the Preserve for self-guided educational field experiences. The standard day use fees are waived, but the visits must be pre-arranged at least 7-days in advance. Faculty must accompany students on-land at all times. Classes in art, biology, business, education, English, geography, geology, psychology, and sociology have visited and enjoyed the Preserve in the past.

How to Arrange a Visit

Email the required information (#1-7) to Kim Tischler, Education Coordinator, at Information must be received at least 7-days in advance. Once visit details are processed, an access pass will be sent via email.  If you are unfamiliar with the Preserve, Kim may be able to suggest appropriate locations.

1-Trailhead: Visits must begin and end at one of the Mohonk Preserve’s 4-trailheads

 2-Hiking route and destination

3-Theme of visit


5-Date and Raindate: Please be aware that due to high visitation, parking resources are not guaranteed for weekend visits.

6-# of participants and # of vehicles: Group size maximum is 30, including faculty.

7-Department with which faculty member is affiliated

Note: The Mohonk Mountain House is a separate landowner from the Mohonk Preserve.  The Preserve cannot grant access through their gate or onto their property which includes the lemon squeeze, skytop, Mohonk Lake, etc.


Carol Rietsma
Associate Professor Emerita, Biology
SUNY New Paltz
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY 12561