2018: A Note from Jay & Molly

Last year marked 50 years of outdoor education at Ashokan, and this year we’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of the new Ashokan Center. It all began when these 385 magical acres became the Ashokan Field Campus of SUNY New Paltz in the late 1950s. Residential outdoor education programs for schools were started here in 1967, and […]

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Fall 2017 Newsletter

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Kids inspired by nature at Ashokan

When this school year comes to a close, more than 4,000 kids from 65 schools will have experienced Ashokan’s outdoor and environment education programs, craft shops, and living history programs. Here are two journal entries from 6th graders who visited our John Burroughs Writer’s Cabin: “It’s almost fall and I am here at Ashokan. There […]

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Ashokan staff past and present celebrate 50 years of outdoor education with a reunion

  from Tim Neu, Reunion Committee Chair   This year marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Ashokan Outdoor Environmental Education program. Since 1967, teams of instructors, food service, maintenance, and administrative staff have worked together to provide high quality residential and day programs to students from across New York state. In celebration of […]

The Holler invited Winter Hoot attendees to record a song or poem for the times

Part open mic, part recording session—the Holler was a unique experience that invited anyone attending the Hoot to record a song or poem for the times.

Ashokan spring concert series continues with acclaimed string duo Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

  Ashokan Music & Dance continues its 2017 spring concert series on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 3pm with a performance by Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas. Alasdair Fraser, master Scottish fiddler and inductee into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame has been performing with cellist Natalie Haas, who was born in California and studied […]

Ashokan Economic Development Conference April 29 at The Ashokan Center

On April 29, 2017, The Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program (AWSMP), a joint effort between Cor­nell Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion of Ulster County, the Ulster County Soil and Water Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict, and the New York City Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion will hold a con­fer­ence focusing on cli­mate change, sus­tain­able eco­nomic devel­op­ment, com­mu­nity plan­ning, inva­sive species, local fish­eries, […]

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Ashokan Staff Alumni Celebrate 50 years of Outdoor Education

by Adam Husted February 9, 2017 Olivebridge, NY—In 1967, the Ashokan Environmental Education Program began offering residential learning opportunities to elementary schools across New York State. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of teams of instructors, administrators, and support staff, the magic of the Ashokan program is still thriving! Former Ashokan staff members are […]

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5th Annual Winter Hoot is Feb 3-5 2017

With music, dancing, food, film, art and nature activities for all ages, the 5th Annual Winter Hoot on the weekend of February 3-5 welcomes the community, one and all, for a spirit-raising good time in mid-winter! Hear world-class musical acts from our Hudson Valley region and beyond!

Saturday’s performance hall lineup features: beautiful songstress Natalie Merchant, beloved songwriter Dan Bern, award-winning blues duo Annie Raines & Paul Rishell, Hudson Valley fiddle and folk duo Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, heartfelt rural-rockers The Mike + Ruthy Band, all-ages folk experimentalists Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower, sweet Catskills storyteller Story Laurie, and Ithaca string-band Home Remedy.

Come for a few hours or the whole weekend – tickets are pay what you can. Indoor lodging is available in the comfortable Longhouse and Red Maple Lodge rooms. Proceeds from the Hoots support The Ashokan Center’s outdoor environmental education programs, facility improvements, and ongoing community outreach. All donations are tax deductible.

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Architect and Ashokan Music & Dance Camper Elizabeth Thompson Donates Design for Ashokan’s New Bathhouse

Dear Ashokan Family & Friends, The Ashokan Center’s new outdoor shower facility is slated to open by the end of next month, with a festive ribbon-cutting ceremony—and you’re all invited! Designed by Ashokan Music & Dance camper, Elizabeth Thompson, the new bathhouse features four men’s and four women’s showers, two bathrooms, and a half-roof design […]

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