Ulster County

OLIVEBRIDGE- Ashokan Maple Fest @ The Ashokan Center


SUNDAY, March 24, 2019

10 am – 4 pm

Tickets are $5 per adult at the gate, and kids under 12 are free. Pancake breakfast & crafts available for a small additional fee.


Enjoy the sweet bounty of late winter! Join us for:

  • All-day pancakes (or gluten-free pancakes!) hot off the griddle topped with Ashokan maple syrup, with maple bacon
  • Tree tapping and syrup-making demos and guided tours of the Sugar Shack
  • Guided hikes to our newly restored covered bridge, weather permitting
  • Live music
  • Blacksmithing (small additional charge)
  • Food
  • and more!





NEW PALTZ- FREE Astronomy Nights @ SUNY New Paltz

Astronomy Nights are held on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month that the university is in session.


WINTER 2019:

February 7th, February 21st & March 7th

Planetarium show times:  6:30 pm (7:30 pm if necessary)

Observatory open (if sky is clear):  7:30 – 9:30 pm


SPRING 2019:

April 4th & April 18th: 

Planetarium show times:  7:30 pm (8:30 pm if necessary)

Observatory open (if sky is clear):  8:30 – 10:30 pm


The free program begins with an indoor planetarium show at the John R. Kirk Planetarium (tickets are REQUIRED for the planetarium show). A second show will be offered if the first show reaches capacity.  After the planetarium show Smolen Observatory will be open for telescope viewing only if the sky is clear (no tickets are required at the Observatory). Call the Observatory at 845-257-1110 to hear a message indicating if the public viewing has been canceled due to cloudy weather. Visitors can participate in either the planetarium show, observatory telescope viewing, or both.


Astronomy Night telescope viewing begins shortly after sunset and therefore the start time changes according to the seasons.


All Astronomy Night Planetarium FREE tickets are available 2 days before each show and must be reserved online. There is a limit of 5 tickets per group. Printed tickets must be presented at the door for admission. We will no longer be issuing tickets at the door. Tickets are void if presented after the start time listed on the ticket – latecomers will NOT be seated.

Planetarium Shows

  • Planetarium shows are appropriate for ages 7 & up.
  • Printed tickets are required for public planetarium shows.
  • Planetarium shows take place in a dark indoor domed theater.
  • Please arrive before the start time. Latecomers will not be admitted.
  • For large groups (five or more) we recommend that you schedule a private show at the Planetarium.
  • The Planetarium is located in Coykendall Science building.

Observatory Viewing

  • A typical viewing night at Smolen Observatory will include a planet or two, star clusters, binary stars, and nebulae.
  • Observatory visitors will spend most of their time outdoors. Be sure to dress appropriately; it always feels colder when you are standing still for long periods of time.
  • Visitors of any age are welcome at the Observatory, but we ask that younger children be under adult supervision at all times.
  • The Observatory is wheelchair accessible.
  • You may come and go to the Observatory as you please during the viewing time.
  • Tickets are not required for the observatory viewing.
  • Once the viewing has begun the outdoor lighting surrounding the Observatory will be turned off. Be prepared to walk to and from your vehicle in the dark.
  • There are no restroom facilities at the Observatory.
  • Scout troops, school groups, etc. are welcome to attend the public viewing nights. We do appreciate you letting us know in advance so that there are not too many groups present in one night.
  • The Observatory is located in the Alumni Soccer Fields on the south side of the campus.


ACCORD- School’s Out Hours @ Skate Time 209

2019 School’s Out Hours

MONDAY, February 18th Presidents Day​, 1 – 4 pm

FRIDAY, February 22nd * SPECIAL SESSION *4 – 7 pm

FRIDAY, March 8th (Superintendent Conference Day)

MONDAY, April 15th – 19th (Spring Recess)

FRIDAY, April 26th (Superintendent Conference Day)

FRIDAY, May 17th (Superintendent Conference Day​)

Admission Roller Skating = $9.50

Roller Skate Rental = $3.50

Skateboard Park Admission = $12

​Helmet Rental = $3.50

Saturdays Skateboard Park, all day pass $25

Saturdays Skateboard Park, 2 consecutive sessions $19

OLIVEBRIDGE- Winter Break Day Camp @ The Ashokan Center


MONDAY, February 18 – FRIDAY, February 22, 2019

9 am – 3 pm


For Ages 7 – 12


$55 per day, per child / Full week $250 / Full week for additional siblings $200


The perfect antidote to the winter blues: a week of environmental education and outdoor exploration! We’re offering an exciting day camp program for your children during February Break 2019, including activities in ecology, Colonial history, survival, team-building, wildlife exploration, and much more. Activities will be led by a group of Ashokan’s experienced and trained naturalists and instructors, throughout Ashokan’s 385 acres of fields, forests, and streams.

What is included in camp:

**optional drop off/pick up at High Meadow School and Woodstock Hannaford parking lot.

High Meadow school will get picked up at the school each morning at 9 am, and dropped off at 4 pm

Woodstock area will get picked up at the Hannaford parking lot in Woodstock at 8:30 am, dropped off at 3:30 pm

**full day of Ashokan programming (forest ecology, natural sciences, colonial history, colonial crafting, survival skills, outdoor adventure and hiking, music and art) each day will be different depending on weather and

**afternoon cookie snack and hot chocolate warm up

If you have any questions before you register, please e-mail Rachel Roozen, Program Director, at rachel.roozen@ashokancenter.org.



OLIVEBRIDGE- 2nd Annual Hot Chocolate Festival @ The Ashokan Center

SUNDAY,  February 17, 2019

10 am -2 pm


Warm up your winter with indoor and outdoor activities, crafts, lunch and several great flavors of hot chocolate provided by our executive chef Bill Warnes.


Tickets are just $5 at the gate, and include two varieties of hot chocolate, made to order!


5Other activities include:
-Lunch available for purchase
-Blacksmithing and broom shop demonstrations
-Guided hikes, weather permitting
-Sledding on Hoot Hill, weather permitting