Catskill Stewards Program
Providing outreach and education with an energy of welcome, Catskill Stewards provide the critical link between visitors and the protection of unique natural resources which comprise the Catskill Park.
On the heels of a successful inaugural season, the Catskill Center’s Stewardship Program is more than doubling in size for the 2019 season.
The program began in 2018 with two stewards stationed at the Peekamoose Blue Hole. This year there will be stewards located at the Peekamoose Blue Hole, Platte Clove Preserve, and the popular Kaaterskill Falls.
Catskill Stewards are positioned in areas with high visitation rates
In 2018, the Catskill Center’s Blue Hole Stewards interacted with over 15,000 people! This year, we expect the number to grow alongside our new locations.
A busy summer weekend at Kaaterskill Falls attracts well over 2,000 people. The stewards will be put to the test while providing critical information for visitors and hikers about places to visit, trail conditions, impacts harming the area, and best practices to stay safe while having an enjoyable visit.
As visitors continue to come to the Catskills in ever increasing numbers, they bring with them the reminder that everyone needs the tools and skills necessary to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. When stewards and rangers are not present, litter increases, and so do the impacts which harm water quality, and natural resource protection.
Impacts continue to threaten public land in the Catskill Park and it is the duty of all people to be stewards of the land individually, to each do our part to keep these places the natural gems they are. This noble pursuit is an effort to keep our wild lands wild, for future generations to come.
CAtskill Stewards & Outdoors News
The Catskills Stewardship Program is made possible by the generous support of the Rondout Neversink Stream Program, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, REI Co-op, Catskill Mountain Club and the Catskill Center.