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About Us

Our Mission: To inspire learning and build community through shared experiences in nature, history, music, and art.

The Ashokan Center is an independent music & nature nonprofit established in 2008. We welcome school groups for Educational Field Trips, host public community events including festivals and Music & Dance Camps, and rent our facility for private retreats, conferences, and weddings. Our site has been declared an Historic District on the National and State Registers of Historic Places. This land was a favored hunting and fishing ground for the Munsee Indians for generations, and became home to Americans of European descent in the 1730s. The first mill and blacksmith shop in Ulster County were built here by Lemuel Winchell who later constructed Winchell’s Inn, Ashokan’s historic centerpiece.

Commitment to Sustainability

We receive 100% of our electricity from a site-wide solar installation and our new campus buildings were constructed for efficient energy use. We commit to a zero carbon footprint by 2030.

Ashokan Feels Like Home

We are a welcoming community to all, valuing interactions across age groups and generations. All are welcome here!

Tradition & Exploration

We value the preservation of historic crafts and traditions while supporting lifelong experiential learning. Ashokan is a safe place to try new things, and learn old things, too!

Ashokan Center 477 Beaverkill Road Olivebridge, NY 12461 (845) 657-8333 

Our phone is answered Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. To ensure the privacy of school groups and private events, our site is closed to the public except during public events or on “Day Pass” days. Please call to schedule a visit or click here to book a Day Pass

Everything we do is made possible by you: our alumni, visitors, and generous supporters. Please stay connected via social media and by joining our email list below, and click here to learn how you can give back.