The Ashokan Center hosts year-round residential and day programs for K-12 school students and teachers, colleges and universities, and retreat groups.
Upon entering our bucolic campus, visitors leave the hustle and bustle of the modern world behind. The Center’s 385 acres of fields, forests, trails and streams provides students with the opportunity to hike to the depths of the 350-million-year-old Cathedral Gorge and the historic Turnwood Covered Bridge (1885) or to explore the lower Esopus Creek by canoe or foot. Outpost classrooms like the Homestead, Lenape Village, the Writer’s Cabin and the Ropes Course dot the landscape creating unique learning opportunities around every bend in the path.
Our 18th- and 19th-century buildings and working craft shops include Winchell’s Inn (1780), the original Marbletown Schoolhouse (1817), the Ashokan Barn and Barnyard, Blacksmith Shop, Print Shop, Pewter Shop, and Tin & Broom Shops comprise the Ashokan village–a place where students, guests and visitors feel at home and inspired to learn.
While many of the experiences offered at Ashokan are timeless and the values we instill are enduring, the educational specialists at The Ashokan Center are highly attuned to the most current goals and standards of educational practice. Our programmatic series in history, natural science including watershed studies and ecology, community building, and the arts, is specifically designed to address the updates in the Common Core Standards as well as trends toward STEM and STEAM education, Stewardship/Service Learning and Sustainability.
Each program ensures students have time to explore and synthesize their experience through writing, reflection, group discussion and dialogue. Students are immersed in hands-on experiences and real world research that builds authentic connections to classroom lessons, teachers’ goals, and 21st-century skills.