Since 1967, the Ashokan Center has provided outdoor education to thousands of school groups. We believe that students learn best through rich hands-on experiences in nature, history, music and art. Our holistic approach inspires students to make deeper interdisciplinary connections that renew classroom engagement and spark lifelong learning. 

From the moment students arrive, we initiate community building activities that are built into the very fabric of a shared Ashokan trip experience. Our beautiful 385 acre preserve provides the ideal environment for inquiry, reflection and growth. Students can embark into scientific investigations in the natural world, participate in living history classes and colonial crafts, tackle our ropes and challenge courses, and even learn new songs. Through our food waste program, we help students consider how their daily behaviors can have an impact in their world. 

It is no wonder that schools return year after year!


  • Guided experiences on our 385-acre campus
  • Theme-based educational activities and classes
  • Supervised meal times and Open Recreation periods 
  • Buffet-style meals with full salad bar and a range of options for dietary restrictions
  • Evening programs including campfire and s’mores
  • Overnight accommodations in our cozy lodges
  • Overnight supervision in lodges
  • Daytime Nurse (overnight nursing available at additional cost)
  • 24-hour on-call Ashokan Staff

We offer discounts for new schools and winter bookings, and provide need-based financial aid grants. We look forward to answering all of your questions and working with you to create the perfect trip!

3-Day field trips may choose from our new Themed Packages!

Campfire (Evening Program)

Make warm s’mores and enjoy ann hour-long campfire experience with jokes, songs, and stories from the Ashokan staff. Larger groups may split in half, with the other half participating in another activity such as field games or star gazing (weather dependent). This is an optional evening program with no additional cost.
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Young Voices for the Planet (Evening Program)

Watch and discuss short films from esteemed author Lynne Cherry’s inspiring series, Young Voices For The Planet as an evening program. The films document the true success stories of kids making a difference for the planet in their communities, and spark conversations on civic engagement and youth leadership. This is an optional evening program with no additional cost.
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