Big Improvements Coming to the Catskill Center's Thorn Preserve

Work has started on a number of new improvements at the Thorn Preserve

Through a very generous donation from the Bruderhof the cottage at the Catskill Center's Thorn Preserve is undergoing much needed renovations. All exterior doors are being replaced with new and energy-efficient doors. The kitchen is being completely remodeled. The bathroom is also undergoing renovations. This effort will result in a space that will be used for meetings, small gatherings, the starting point for walks and field trips, and, when needed, overnight accommodations for volunteers, naturalists, researchers and artists.

The Catskill Center is applying to the Town of Woodstock to change the zoning of the property to be recognized as a public recreation area. This will be followed by upgrading the parking area, installing an information kiosk and other grounds work that will be beneficial to the use of the Preserve.

Visit the Thorn Preserve

We are planning new programming starting later this spring and we are actively looking to create and facilitate a Friends of Thorn group. If you are interested in leading a walk or other outing at the Preserve, or if you are interested in getting involved with the care and maintenance of the preserve, please email Michael Drillinger at or call him at 845-586-2611.

Michael Drillinger is the Catskill Center's Land Trust and Stewardship Manager, responsible for the operations and maintenance of our two Land Preserves and over 2500 acres of conservation easements the Catskill Center holds across the Catskill region.

Since 1969, the Catskill Center has led the effort to protect  the Catskills.  Our Mission is to protect and foster the environmental, cultural and economic well-being of the Catskill region.