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Ten years ago, when the Ashokan Field Campus, owned by SUNY New Paltz, was up for sale, two instructors came to the rescue. Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, who ran music and dance camps at the campus since 1980, formed the nonprofit Ashokan Foundation to preserve and rebuild 385 acres of the campus. Now known as the Ashokan Center, it hosts many public events and features a 200-seat performance hall, classroom spaces, dining halls, and lodging for students or guests. Environmental education — a mission of the Field Campus — continues to be at the forefront, with nearly 5,000 students taking part in overnight and day programs each school year.