I signed up for Rock the Ridge after getting to spend a day at the preserve earlier this year for my birthday.
It's one of the most beautiful outdoor places I've been to, with so many outdoor recreation options. It’s an 8,000 acre area of the Shawangunk Mountain region in NY. They have miles of trails that run through the preserve for running, hiking, & mountain biking, rock climbing on the mountains, horse back riding, snowshoe & ski options, and have many trails that are accessible for visitors who may have mobility impairments.
The Preserve works with local schools and STEM programs to educate & inspire children about the outdoors through summer camps, field studies for all grades, and a Junior Park Ranger program. They also have a Citizen Science Volunteer Program that helps to monitor and record changes in the climate, streams, and local animals & vegetation to better understand the changing needs of the land.
More info from the Preserve below!
Rock The Ridge is a 50-mile endurance challenge and environmental fundraiser set in the natural beauty of Mohonk Preserve. The goal is to run, walk or hike the course within 24 hours.
Rock The Ridge supports a great cause: preserving over 8,000 acres of Mohonk Preserve in the Shawangunk Mountains region.
Mohonk Preserve is a place where people and nature thrive. Over 8,000 acres provide a safe refuge for wildlife such as birds, mammals, and plants, and more. It’s a place for active recreation such as rock climbing, trail running, biking or hiking and also a place for quiet walks beside babbling streams, breathtaking vistas and moments of quiet reflection.
Our mission at the Preserve is to protect the Shawangunk Mountains region and inspire people to care for, enjoy and explore their natural world. We work tirelessly to accomplish this mission each and every day through the following award-winning programs:
- Education — In 2017, Mohonk Preserve served over 14,500 children including many through STEM education programs which connects at-risk children from nearby cities to innovative outdoor education programs, engaging their senses and inspiring them through nature.
- Land Protection — Protecting key recreation areas, fragile habitats, and scenic viewsheds is only the beginning.
- Land Stewardship — Managing over 8,000 acres takes work! The Preserve helps provide a safe, participatory experience in nature for over 200,000 visitors each year. The Preserve’s team of highly skilled search and rescue Rangers are always on call and ready to assist visitors in trouble.
- Conservation Science — The Preserve’s team of scientists monitor the changing ecology of the Shawangunks and use data to help sustain this regionally important ecosystem.
Fundraisers such as Rock the Ridge enables Mohonk Preserve to keep the land open and accessible to all visitors. We hope that you will give generously in support of your friends and family members who are participating in this year’s 50-mile endurance challenge. Thank you so very much!