We’re seeking submissions for the Catskill Center’s
2nd Invitational Exhibit of Utilitarian Art
If you’re a maker in the Catskill region, please share with us your homemade furniture, clothing, baskets, stained glass, pottery, quilts, etc.
"From Hemlock to Knotweed" - Michael Kudich Presents New Discoveries about the History and Ecology of Hemlock in the Catskills".
Here is your (our!) chance to sit at the feet of Michael Kudich and bask in his knowledge and wonderful process of thought. And learn about Hemlocks.
Outdoor fun for families with kids of all ages! There will be story-telling under the trees, hands-on science programs, and art activities.
“Watershed Stories” features the work from two “Art as a Living System” workshops which were held in December 2016 and April 2017.
Learn to identify wild edibles common in the region with chef and forager Rob Handel from Heather Ridge Farm and The Bees Knees Café. Rob will lead an hour long walk around the Catskills Interpretive Center grounds during which we’ll The walk will be followed by a short presentation outlining how to use some of the products found on the walk, and a tasting of some of these wild foods. Tickets $22 per person. Registration is required
Take a gentle guided stroll along the Batavia Kill stream in Windham with scientists at your elbow. Catch breathtaking Catskill Mountain views and learn about all the ways that healthy streamside lands are important for plants, animals, and people!
An edible foraging walk and talk with Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower, R.N., Herbalist and Plant Pioneers director.
September 9th, Bovina-ite and sustainable tourism consultant, Sue Clark will discuss the good and the bad of ecotourism projects around the globe at the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mt.Tremper from 7 to 8 pm.
A workshop lead by Catskill Mountain Artist and former Catskill Center Artist in Residence Laura Leigh. Laura will walk through her own method of creating oil and watercolor paint from stone. Each student will create a small amount of their own stone pigment to bring home. $12./person
Patricia (Pat) Clark was raised in the rural western section of new York State, near Cuba, and her Mother taught her to sew clothing. In 1979, she took her first quilting class and was completely bitten by the quilting bug.
Photographer Rudd Hubbell has been documenting the natural beauty of the Catskills since the 1970s, and Saturday September 23, will share his work in a public conversation with nature writer Leslie T. Sharpe, the author of the new book The Quarry Fox and Other Critters of the Wild Catskills (2017)
Chef and forager Rob Handel will lead an hour long walk through the Platte Clove trails during which we’ll learn to identify wild edibles common in the region. The walk will be followed by a short presentation outlining how to use some of the products found on the walk, and a tasting of some of these wild foods. Tickets $20 per person. Registration is required.
Celebrate the holiday season with the staff and friends of the Catskill Center
Exact time TBD. Details to come!
Join us for our fourth Third Thursday here at the Catskill Center!
Every Third Thursday of the month we join our friends and neighbors on the porch here at the Catskill Center at 4355 State Route 28, Arkville NY 12406 for an evening of food and community.
Peg DiBenedetto will present an overview of eastern Golden Eagles; their local habits and behaviors, and migratory routes, as well as the methods used and experiences she and her husband Michael have had, working with the Eastern Golden Eagle Project.
You are invited to the The Soirée on the Railway on the Delaware & Ulster Railroad on August 5th. This is a special evening of food and drink from Brushland Eating House, hosted by And North, benefiting the Catskill Center whose mission it is to protect and foster the environmental, cultural, and economic well-being of the Catskill region.
Get your Citizen Scientist on : put your smartphone habit to good use at Bioblitz 2017
The Catskill Center is thrilled to host Robert and Johanna Titus for their presentation: The Hudson River School of Art and the Ice Age, as part one of the exclusive Member Program Series
From Bluebirds to bobcats to black bears . . . Join Leslie T. Sharpe, for a reading from her new book, THE QUARRY FOX AND OTHER CRITTERS OF THE WILD CATSKILLS, and a discussion of our Catskill wildlife. Bring your own stories, and your photos, of your favorite critters to share . . . Everyone one and all ages welcome!"
The Catskill Center and Spillian connect July 15th, for a day of ecosystem restoration, music and food!
with Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower R.N., Herbalist, Eco-Vision
Since time immemorial, peoples from across the globe have depended on trees. Ancient and current civilizations were aware of their stature, their medicine, their power and their ability to create community cohesion. Today, in addition to folklore traditions there’s much research that validates trees impact to our human wellness.
On July 12th, we’ll gently trek the grounds at the Catskill Center’s Interpretive Center in Mt. Tremper and intimately connect with the trees and plants.
We’ll learn about their traditional uses as a food and as medicine and some ways we can integrate their benefits today. We'll also talk about forest bathing, reciprocal breathing, and learn tree and flower gazing techniques for everyday wellness and how to sustain a global woodland network that is caring for our trees.
We’ll top off the day with a rest and conversation while we taste 4 types of wild foods and drink. The recipes will be shared along with electronic handouts that will document the topics discussed.
Pre-registration is requested.
Wednesday, July 12
6:00 - 9:00 pm
$35 per person
Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center
5096 State Route 28
Mt. Tremper, NY
Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower is a licensed R.N., traditionally trained Herbalist, Plant Pioneer Ambassador and Wild Foods Forager, who guides groups through gardens, fields, and urban streets to identify weed plants in their healing properties. Her philosophy is - bringing people to these experiences, in essence will help the environment in as many ways as there are people. She says, “There is a global investigation to discover the realm of plants. If each person can embrace even a minimal relationship with the environment and its plant life, they will eventually embrace how to better treat the world they live in.”
Given by Dr. Stuart Findlay, a member of the Board of Directors for the Society of Freshwater Science and the Editor-in-Chief for Aquatic Sciences.
Wondering what plants belong along a Catskill stream and which are pure mischief?
July 12th, spend a summer morning learning about invasive plants from the Catskill Regional Invasive Partnership, Dan Snider, and learn about best methods for removal.
Join us Tuesday morning for a one-mile, moderate hike to a beautiful waterfall and learn how hemlock trees provide habitat for both fish and wildlife and discover what the Catskill Center and its partners are doing to conserve them.
Learn more about the early summer flora of the Thorn Preserve with chef and forager Rob Handel from Heather Ridge Farm and The Bees Knees Café. Rob will lead an hour long walk through the preserve during which we’ll learn to identify wild edibles common in the Catskills. The walk will be followed by a short presentation outlining how to use some of the products found on the walk, and a tasting of some of these wild foods. Tickets $20 per person. Registration is required.
Jen will provide tips on drawing, composition and watercolor painting, along with some artist’s secrets on how to draw trees and flowers. Everyone will have a piece of art to take home, and a new perspective on how to interpret the beauty all around us through their own personal art forms.
New York City Department of Environmental Conservation and Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership will be at the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market with an informational table on aquatic and terrestrial invasive species that threaten the Catskills .
Join author and photographer Marisa Scheinfeld as she presents selections from her book THE BORSCHT BELT, which contains 129 photographs, Borscht Belt ephemera and a re-photographic series of “now”, and “then” imagery composed by using found postcards and creating a mirror image of their present day depictions. Through an illustrated lecture, she will detail the history of the Borscht Belt, its rise, fall and impact of the Borscht Belt while discussing her research, field-based process, investigations and the layered meanings she sees in the photographs.
Saturday, June 24, (from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM) mix and mingle with the 11 artists who will be participating in the 2017 Platte Clove AIR program:
The Catskill Center will open the Platte Clove Cabin for an opportunity to meet the 2017 Residents, visit the Cabin and learn all about this unique artist-in-residence program.
This year's residents include writers, performance artists, painters, photographers, illustrators, and sculptors.
Catskill Center Executive Director, Jeff Senterman, will be hosting the event. Wine and light fare will be served.
The Platte Clove Cabin and Platte Clove Preserve are located at 2504 Platte Clove Road, Elka Park, NY.
Directions can be found here. We look forward to seeing you there!
Painting courtesy of L. Nichols
The Catskill Interpretive Center Book Fair is a working collaboration between the Catskill Center, Writers in the Mountain and Poetry Barn. An exhibitors’ tent will feature books from such regional publishers as Black Dome Press, Bushwhack Books, Calling All Poets, Hope Farm Press, McPherson & Co., Post Traumatic Press, Purple Mountain Press and WoodstockArts.
There will be presentations from such authors, filmmakers, poets and songwriters as Bill Horne, David Becker, Diane Galusha, Johanna and Robert Titus, Richard Frisbie, John Langan, Vernon Benjamin, Bonnie Lykes, Dayl Wise, Lissa Kiernan, Mike Jurkovic, Elly Wininger, Dave Kearney, Dorraine Scofield and James Krueger. Included in the mix will be a number of panel discussions. They’ll include “Nature Illustration in the Catskills,” “Remembering Alf Evers” and “The Art of the Trail Guide.”In addition, Will Nixon will be offering a writer's workshop and Jill Olesker will be hosting the children’s tent.
Along with the book fair the well-appointed Catskill Interpretive Center will be open to help you plan your next hike, water adventure or tour of the Catskills.
Come with friends, family and your picnic baskets to listen to the finest Catskill authors discuss the glories of the Hudson River Valley.
Oak wilt, a fungus that threatens oak trees rears its ugly head this time of year. Learn to spot the signs as well as how to recognize eleven other invasive species that threaten our Catskills native flora.
John Thompson and Dan Snider of the Catskills Regional Invasive Species Partnership will lead the charge.
The Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP) is raising awareness to help you to identify those species that most threaten our Catskill Mountain habitats and what you can do to help to protect the Catskills.
Prevention is the best defense against invasive species, but once invasives are introduced into our area, early detection, rapid assessment and rapid response (EDRR) is a critical second-level defense to prevent the establishment of invasive populations. EDRR increases the likelihood that localized invasive populations will be found, contained, and eradicated before they become widely established. EDRR can slow range expansion, and avoid the need for costly long-term control efforts.
But first we need you to know what to look for!
Join John Thompson and Jamie Deppen for an evening bird walk at the Thorn Preserve. The walk will explore the diverse habitats of the Thorn Preserve from upland meadows to streamside woods. We will have the opportunity to see and hear grassland birds, forest birds, and birds of a riparian corridor, during the heart of the birds’ breeding season.
John Thompson joined the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development staff as Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP) Coordinator in 2016. John is collaborating with partners to develop prioritized invasive species management plans; coordinating invasive species eradication projects; and leading education and outreach programs on invasive species, natural history and ecological management. John is currently Secretary of the Natural History Section of the Ecological Society of America, Vice-President of the John Burroughs Natural History Society Board of Directors and a Trustee of the John Burroughs Association Board of Directors. John earned an MS in Geology at University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Environmental Conservation from the University of New Hampshire.
Jamie Deppen is the Environmental Monitoring and Management Alliance (EMMA) coordinator based at Vassar College. She received a BS in Biology from SUNY New Paltz and an MS in Resource Management and conservation from Antioch University, New England. She has worked in the Hudson Valley for ten years studying biodiversity and endangered species and working with local government conservation commissions. Currently, she works with scientists, land managers, and conservationists across the Hudson Valley to standardize monitoring protocols and increase environmental engagement. In her free time, she enjoys watercolor painting and nature photography.
Third Thursdays continues with round two of their “Lively Duos series” at the Catskill Center - June 15
On the front porch of Arkville’s “ark”, the Catskill Center will be hosting the second Thursday of their new series, Third Thursdays: a neighborly evening of potluck, music and getting-to-know-you.
Curated by Brit Hotaling, lively folk will be played by Munster Pickle and Two for the Show- courtesy of the Flying Song Garden.
All are invited to bring their favorite dish for sharing and picnicking. June’s gatherers supplied a full-tilt spread with offerings running the gambit from baked ziti to salads of local spring greens and birthday cake.
Linda Quinn, purveyor of the local establishment, Under the Nose, will be manning a table of homemade fudge and other wares. The Catskill Recreation Center will also be representing.
The Catskill Center invites all community members to join us for further Third Thursday events - a new monthly evening of food, friends, and music at the Erpf Center Gallery in Arkville from 6:00- 9:00pm.
There will be a suggested donation of $10 to help the Catskill Center continue to provide events and programming.
The Catskill Center is thrilled to announce dates for its second annual birding conference, “Taking Flight: Birding in the Catskills”. Taking Flight will be held Friday, June 9th through Sunday, June 11th at the Frost Valley YMCA in Claryville, NY.
This is not your typical birding weekend! We have combined the best of a birding conference with a birding festival, and have invented an event that is rich with presenters you will want to hear, speaking on topics you will want to learn about.