School Programs

The Ashokan Center is the oldest outdoor environmental education organization in New York State. For nearly 5o years, we have provided a unique retreat for learning about nature, history, science and the arts, and we continue to strive to be at the forefront of environmental education. Our specialized “hands-on” programs foster curiosity, inquiry, and a lifelong love of […]

Music & The Arts

The Ashokan Center offers a wide variety of music and arts programming including the renowned Ashokan Music & Dance Camps. Led by musicians Jay Ungar and Molly Mason (Jay & Molly), two of Ashokan’s most valued supporters, these popular week-long camps are a place where people come together to become better fiddlers, guitarists, mandolin players, […]

Facilities & Rentals

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 […]

Who We Are

Welcome to The Ashokan Center 

We are the oldest outdoor environmental education organization in New York State. Located in the storied Catskill Mountains adjacent to the Ashokan Reservoir, the primary water source for New York City, our bucolic 385-acre campus features a number of historically significant structures and is comprised of fields, forests, trails and streams.

To achieve our goal of teaching, inspiring and building community, we conduct residential and day programs for students and teachers of all ages in the following areas: Natural Science including Watershed Studies and Ecology, Living History, and Team Building.

Other programming includes our renowned week-long Ashokan Music & Dance Camps, concerts, dances, and visual art exhibitions.

The Ashokan Center also provides full-service facilities for weddings, conferences, and retreats. Our sustainably designed center includes lodging for up to 160 people, a performance hall, two classrooms, an outdoor pavilion and a variety of catering options. 

Featured Videos

  • Where Nature Inspires

    Musicians Jay & Molly, two of Ashokan’s most valued supporters, take you on a tour of The Ashokan Center. 

  • Deep Water

    The Ashokan Center’s proximity to the Ashokan Reservoir (the primary water supply for New York City) makes us an important resource for studying watershed hydrology and ecology. Learn about the fascinating history of the reservoir in this condensed version of the documentary, Deep Water. Made possible by a grant from the Catskill Watershed Corporation.

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

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