Educational Programs

Cathedral Falls Smiling Students

Since 1967, The Ashokan Center has been an educational retreat center teaching about nature, history, and the arts, and we continue to be at the forefront of environmental education since our founding. Our unique, “hands on” educational programs foster curiosity, inquiry, and a lifelong love of learning. Our experienced teaching staff leads year round residential and […]

Music & the Arts

Performance Hall

The Ashokan Center has cultivated music and art in the community and beyond for decades. We incorporate the concepts of art and music into our school and community educational programs and partner with musicians and cultural organizations to host music and arts events and exhibitions on our campus. All Events at Ashokan Center >> Ashokan Music […]

Facilities & Rentals

Longhouse

Nestled in the beautiful Catskill Mountains and neighboring the nearby Ashokan reservoir, The Ashokan Center is the perfect place for your event or gathering. With its beautiful 374 pristine acres and state of the art facilities, the Center is available throughout the year as a gorgeous setting for weddings, yoga groups, concerts, corporate retreats, family […]

About

Located in Olivebridge, New York on 374-acres of Catskill forests, streams and farmland, Ashokan Center is a special blend of geologic, natural and human history. Our mission is to teach, inspire and build community through shared experiences in nature, history, and the arts.

The Ashokan Center’s unique educational approach - hands-on and place-based - is designed to foster inquiry, curiosity, and a love of life-long learning in people of all ages.  In addition to producing and hosting performances, camps and other events for the community, we lead residential and day programs for K-12 school students and teachers, colleges and universities, retreat groups, corporations, and not-for-profits.  Our trained staff takes full advantage of Ashokan’s unparalleled natural setting to teach science, history, writing, team-building, music, dancing and graphic arts.

The rustic elegance of our new campus along with the natural beauty of Ashokan’s forests, fields and streams help to create an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages.

Read more about our Mission and History >>

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Featured Videos

  • Nature of Water

    “The Nature of Water” is an initiative that expands Ashokan’s curriculum into explorations and studies of water through hands-on data collection, ecological observations, storytelling, nature-writing and more. The Ashokan Center resides along the banks of Esopus Creek which drains the Ashokan Reservoir, the source of nearly 40% of New York City’s drinking water.  Because of […]

  • Living Classroom

    Learn about the Ashokan Center’s life-changing School Program.

  • Deep Water

    A 21-minute condensed version of the full length film, Deep Water, about the building of the Catskill Water System. This classroom-lenght film was made possible by a grant from the Catskill Watershed Corporation.

The Ashokan Center
477 Beaverkill Rd.
Olivebridge, NY 12461
info@ashokancenter.org
845-657-8333