Mohonk Preserve offers free month pass to local residents

(Dion Ogust)

As part of the ongoing campaign to make Ulster the healthiest county in New York, Mohonk Preserve is inviting neighbors to visit the Preserve and receive a free one-month pass during Healthy Ulster Spring Week beginning Thursday, April 19. Visitors with proof of Ulster County residency may obtain their passes at the Preserve Visitor Center on Route 44/55 in Gardiner from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 19 through Sunday, April 22 and at the Spring Farm Trailhead in High Falls from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22. The membership passes will be valid through May 20, 2018. Passes must be picked up in person, with the exception of minors, whose parent or guardian may pick up a pass on their behalf.

This marks the seventh year the Preserve has participated in Ulster County’s Healthy Ulster program. The Preserve has distributed 30,000 free one-month passes to Ulster County residents during the organization’s annual Healthy Ulster Spring and Autumn events.

In addition to Healthy Ulster Spring and Autumn, throughout the year there are many free opportunities to enjoy the Preserve: 


• Visit the Preserve Visitor Center in Gardiner, which is free and open to the public every day. 

• Attend one of the Preserve’s free public programs, such as hikes, interpretive outings, talks and lectures and other offerings. A full listing of programs is available at

• Elementary school children in the New Paltz Central School District come to the Preserve free of charge each year with their classes. The Preserve also serves over 40 other area schools. 

  For more frequent visits, consider an annual membership to get access every day at a cost of about $1 a week.

• Check out the Preserve’s Library Lending Program where you can borrow passes to the Preserve at 17 area libraries. For a list of participating libraries, visit