CRISP Partners Meeting and Monitoring and Managing Ash (MaMA) Training
Jun
21
9:00 AM09:00

CRISP Partners Meeting and Monitoring and Managing Ash (MaMA) Training

The CRISP Partners Meeting will include a training workshop for the comprehensive MaMA program for EAB management and ash conservation. Join us to learn how you can help save ash in the Catskills! MaMA (see www.MonitoringAsh.org) was developed by the Ecological Research Institute (ERI) in close consultation with US Forest Service scientists leading the fight against EAB. The training will be presented by MaMA’s originators: ERI’s director, Jonathan Rosenthal, and senior scientist, Dr. Radka Wildova, both experts in EAB ecology and management. It is one of a series of eight such workshops to be presented throughout CRISP to enable broad participation in this program.

MaMA’s innovations include adapting USFS protocols for monitoring ash mortality and detecting lingering ash (EAB-resistant trees) to make them easily usable by land managers and citizen scientists. These trees offer the best hope for ash conservation and restoration (see www.monitoringash.org/lingering-ash-info/). In this workshop, participants will learn, among other things, how to establish ash mortality monitoring plots that form part of the MaMA Monitoring Plot Network extending throughout the Catskills and beyond, which is coordinated by ERI. ERI uses the data from this network, in close cooperation with the USFS, to determine when particular areas are ready to search for lingering ash. Because of this network’s use of scientifically rigorous protocols, attendance at an ERI MaMA training workshop is required for participation. Similarly, this workshop is required for participation in MaMA’s lingering ash Anecdata reporting project, given the importance of finding trees that meet strict criteria.

The workshop will include training in MaMA’s “Possible Lingering Ash Toolkit” (essential for protecting potential lingering ash from being cut down), and introduction to MaMA’s other tools and overall integrated approach to EAB management and ash conservation. CRISP has had major input into ERI’s development of MaMA over the years, and this program is uniquely suited to the challenges that EAB poses to ash in the Catskills.

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HWA Phenology Training
Jul
11
11:00 AM11:00

HWA Phenology Training

In this training, join one of the New York State Hemlock Initiative’s experienced field technicians as they take you through the yearly phenology of hemlock woolly adelgid. Learn how to identify HWA in the field during any time of year.

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Protect the Hemlocks! Fence Raising at Thorn
Jul
14
10:00 AM10:00

Protect the Hemlocks! Fence Raising at Thorn

Four years ago, the Catskill Center planted four rows of young hemlocks, as a future biological control release location for hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA). On July 14th, we will be repairing the fence that has protected the hemlocks from deer herbivory, to keep them healthy as they grow.

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Meet the 2018 Platte Clove Artists
Jun
16
3:00 PM15:00

Meet the 2018 Platte Clove Artists

  • 2504 Platte Clove Road Elka Park, NY, 12427 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Saturday, June 16, (from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM) mix and mingle with the artists who will be participating in the 2018 Platte Clove Artist In Residence program.

The Catskill Center will open the Platte Clove Artist's Cabin for an opportunity to meet the 2018 Residents, visit the Cabin  and learn all about this unique artist-in-residence program.

This year's residents include:
Stefan Beck
Jane Bloodgood-Abrams / instagram
Katie Cokinos / instagram
Bizzy Coy / instagram
Sean Hanley
Tanya Marcuse / instagram
Virginia Melnyk / instagram
Mamie Minch / instagram
Edie Nadelhaft / instagram
Genevieve Pfeiffer 
Christopher Rodriguez
James Romm 
Victoria Van Der Laan / instagram

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.

RSVP would be appreciated by emailing Katie at kpalm@catskillcenter.org or calling 845-586-2611.

Directions can be found here. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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Learn to recognize Mile-A-Minute / a hands-on experience
Jun
15
10:00 AM10:00

Learn to recognize Mile-A-Minute / a hands-on experience

Mile-a-minute is a highly aggressive invasive climbing vine native to Asia that can shade out and smother native plants. It has recently been found for the first time in Woodstock, NY.

Come learn about identification and best practices for management of Mile-a-Minute. We will learn about the biology and best management of this plant. Afterwards, we'll get hands-on experience with this vine in a group survey and pull on a nearby property.

This training is a precursor to a Mile-a-Minute survey in the Kenneth Wilson state campground nearby, to help prevent this invasive vine from spreading through the region. 

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Morning Ride on the Hunter Mountain Skyride / with birds or without
May
26
8:00 AM08:00

Morning Ride on the Hunter Mountain Skyride / with birds or without

The Hunter Mountain Skyride is opening early on May 26. Take an early morning ride up the mountain on the six-passenger Kaatskill Flyer detachable chairlift. This state-of-the-art lift will take you in comfort to the 3,200-foot summit of Hunter Mountain. From there, you can enjoy amazing views of the high peaks of the northern Catskills. On a clear day, in the distance, you'll see the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts and the Green Mountains of Vermont beyond New York's beautiful Catskill Mountain peaks that surround you. 

Catch the skyride at 8 and join the Cape May birders for a spring birding hike.

Or ride it 8:30 - and find your own mountaintop pleasure. For the adventurous, there are clearly marked NYS DEC (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation) hiking trails leading to the Hunter Mountain Fire Tower, the highest fire tower in New York State at 4,040 feet. Please allow at least 3 hours round trip for this moderate 4-mile hike. Hiking shoes are strongly recommended for hiking to the fire tower. 

With birds or without, pre-registration is required. 

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Taking Flight 2018 / Warbler Weekend
May
25
to May 27

Taking Flight 2018 / Warbler Weekend

THE CATSKILL MOUNTAINS HOST 27 DIFFERENT BREEDING WARBLERS AND AT LEAST 9 MORE SPECIES THAT HAVE BEEN DOCUMENTED PASSING THROUGH.

In honor of these amazing birds, the 3rd annual Taking Flight Conference is all about warblers. 

SCOTT WHITTLE AND TOM STEPHENSON, CO-WRITERS OF "THE WARBLER GUIDE" 

will lead warbler hikes, warbler workshops (photographing warblers + Warbler ID), and will give the Saturday night keynote address... about warblers.

It will be a weekend in the Catskills you won't want to miss.

More info here

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Catskills Great Outdoor Expo
May
5
10:00 AM10:00

Catskills Great Outdoor Expo

Ah, the Catskills — hundreds of wild miles to hike, bike, paddle, ride a zip line or spelunk a cavern. If you want to ski, snowshoe, snowboard, watch birds or tie flies, you can do that too. But the Catskills encompasses four counties and it can be tricky to discover all of the outdoor adventures that the region offers.

Problem solved! May 5, 2018, dozens of Catskill outdoor-focused exhibitors will gather at the Best Western Plus Hotel and Conference Center in Kingston, New York for the first Catskills Great Outdoor Expo.

From 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, there will be expert outdoor education presentations, raffles, the Catskill Center Gear Swap and free samples. Presenters will include hiking clubs, paddling outfitters, climbing guides, skiing/mountain biking centers, gear outfitters, cultural attractions, local trail food producers, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and New York City Department of Environmental Protection.

This event is open to the public with a $3 admission, children under 10 are free.

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Reception with the Artists
Apr
28
3:00 PM15:00

Reception with the Artists

REFLECTIONS FROM A DREAM
/ WORKS FROM THE 2017 PLATTE CLOVE ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM

Featuring oil and watercolor paintings, graphite drawings, 3D works, writings, and photography from the 2017 artists

Bob Clyatt
Rachel Frank / web
Michelle Huang / instagram / web 
D. M. LeBlanc / instagram / web
Susan Miiller / fb / web 
Richard Parisio
Jessica Puglisi
Chris Seubert / fb
Kelly Sinclair / instagram / web 
Jason Travers  / web    

Closing Reception with the Artists  / April 28 /  3 – 5pm

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feral to fruiting / an Apple Tree Rejuvenation Workshop
Apr
18
1:00 PM13:00

feral to fruiting / an Apple Tree Rejuvenation Workshop

The good people at Abandoned Cider press tasty cider from the fruit of abandoned orchards.

Our beautiful Thorn Preserve is littered with apple trees that have not been pruned in many, many years and Abandoned Cider is coming to help repair the situation and teach us how to keep our apples in healthy fruit-producing shape.

April 18, from 1 PM until 6 PM, learn to rejuvenate a neglected apple tree.   

If you have pole saws, hand saws, pruners +/or orchard ladders and would like to bring them along, we say, "please do!"

The Catskill Center is partnering with the Woodstock Land Conservancy for this event.

 


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Feb
10
10:00 AM10:00

Cross-Country Ski the KRT to South Lake Road / with Moe Lemire

  • The Mountain Top Historical Society, Inc (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This hike is to benefit the Mountain Top Historical Society, Inc.

Distance: Roughly 5 miles
Level of difficulty: Moderate
Fee $10.00

Come explore the beauty of the forest during winter time. 

Come cross-country ski the KRT from The Mountain Top Historical Society. 

We will meet at the parking area at The Mountain Top Historical Society and cross-country ski the KRT. We will then cross over the new bridge over the creek and continue on the horse trail to the South Lake Road. We will follow South Lake road to the beach parking area and then if folks want to continue on to the Catskill Mountain House Site. From here we will retrace our path, following the South Lake Road to the horse trail back to the KRT and finally ending at The Mountain Top Historical Site.

Folks who join can make this as short or as long of a cross-country ski and I am allotting 4 hours.  

Folks wishing to participate on this cross-country ski need to bring their own skis. At this time MTHS does not have the ability to rent cross-country skis but if this proves to be popular we can look into rentals in the future.

What to bring

Water, Snacks or a lite lunch, Warm clothes - Dress in layers (Hat + Gloves too), Backpack, Hand and Foot warmers, Second pair of dry socks, Tissues, Chapstick

Things to know

Winter activity can require different planning than that for spring, summer and fall. This activity is on easy to moderate terrain, but in winter conditions ice and snow can be slippery even on flat terrain. Having proper items with you is imperative. Dress in warm layered clothes which can be removed or added back as the body warms and cools. Bring plenty of water and snacks to keep energy levels up. You burn more calories in winter conditions which keeps the body warm. Carrying a backpack to hold items will make carrying what you need much easier. This event can happen during light snow. Any major storm or rain will postpone the event  and a new date determined. Moe Lemire is a trained and licensed guide. He is CPR and first aid certified. Exploring the outdoors during the winter can be a rewarding experience. 

 

MTHS does not require membership for hike participation. We do however request that you register for each hike. Participants can register on our contacts page or by calling (518) 589-6657. Please leave your name, phone number, and # in your party. Schedule subject to change. The latest information is available on our web site http://www.mths.org. Notification of changes, including cancellations due to weather will be made on the web site up to the day of any given hike.

 

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Catskill Park Day 2018
Feb
6
9:00 AM09:00

Catskill Park Day 2018

Join us for Catskill Park Day 2018 on Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 in Albany and raise your voice to make a difference!

Each year the Catskill Center leads the Catskill Park Coalition, supporters and volunteers to Albany to meet with legislators and agencies to discuss the urgent needs of the Catskill Park, Catskill Forest Preserve and our Catskill communities.

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Catskill Park Day 2018 - A Primer
Jan
25
6:00 PM18:00

Catskill Park Day 2018 - A Primer

Raise your voice for the Catskills! Through this workshop, the Catskill Center will help you learn how to get engaged and take part in the 2018 Catskill Park Day, whether or not you can be in Albany in February.

Attendees will learn about the Catskill Park Coalition, which the Catskill Center Co-Chairs, learn about the past advocacy successes and discover what the Coalition's 2018 priorities are for the Catskill Park.

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Catskill Park Day 2018 - A Primer
Jan
13
3:00 PM15:00

Catskill Park Day 2018 - A Primer

Raise your voice for the Catskills! Through this workshop, the Catskill Center will help you learn how to get engaged and take part in the 2018 Catskill Park Day, whether or not you can be in Albany in February.

Attendees will learn about the Catskill Park Coalition, which the Catskill Center Co-Chairs, learn about the past advocacy successes and discover what the Coalition's 2018 priorities are for the Catskill Park.

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Jan
13
12:00 PM12:00

Snowshoe Hike to Kaaterskill Falls Viewing Platform / with Moe Lemire

  • The Mountain Top Historical Society, Inc (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This hike is to benefit the Mountain Top Historical Society, Inc.

Distance: Roughly 3 miles round trip
Level of difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Fee $10.00 Donation

Come see Kaaterskill Falls in all her glory from the winter perspective.

See how the waterfall and surrounding land become a winter spectacular.

This snowshoe will depart from the MTHS campus and proceed along the KRT 1.5 miles to the Laurel House Road parking area. From there, we will follow the path down to the Kaaterskill Falls viewing platform. Once folks are ready to depart we will retrace our footsteps back up the trail to the parking area. Then we will follow the KRT back to the Mountain Top Historical Society.  

Folks wishing to participate on this walk need to bring their own snowshoes.

At this time we do not have the ability to rent snowshoes but if this proves to be a popular walk we can look into snowshoe rental.  

If folks wish to come on this walk without snowshoes a pair of microspikes would be highly recommended for possibility of ice on trail.

What to bring

Water, Snacks or a lite lunch, Warm clothes - Dress in layers (Hat + Gloves too), Backpack, Hand and Foot warmers, Yaktrax or micro-spikes in case of patches of ice, Boots if snow cover is on the ground, Second pair of dry socks, Tissues, Chapstick

Things to know

Winter activity can require different planning than that for spring, summer and fall. This activity is on easy to moderate terrain, but in winter conditions ice and snow can be slippery even on flat terrain. Having proper items with you is imperative. Dress in warm layered clothes which can be removed or added back as the body warms and cools. Bring plenty of water and snacks to keep energy levels up. You burn more calories in winter conditions which keeps the body warm. Carrying a backpack to hold items will make carrying what you need much easier. This event can happen during light snow. Any major storm or rain will postpone the event  and a new date determined. Moe Lemire is a trained and licensed guide. He is CPR and first aid certified. Exploring the outdoors during the winter can be a rewarding experience. 

 

MTHS does not require membership for hike participation. We do however request that you register for each hike. Participants can register on our contacts page or by calling (518) 589-6657. Please leave your name, phone number, and # in your party. Schedule subject to change. The latest information is available on our web site http://www.mths.org. Notification of changes, including cancellations due to weather will be made on the web site up to the day of any given hike.

 

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December 7 - A Holiday Gathering at the Catskill Center
Dec
7
6:00 PM18:00

December 7 - A Holiday Gathering at the Catskill Center

Join with the Staff and members of the Board of Directors of the Catskill Center for an open house evening in Arkville to celebrate the holidays. We'll have light snacks and drinks available and we urge you to bring your own favorites for your friends and neighbors to enjoy!

From 6pm to 9pm at the Catskill Center's Erpf Center (43355 Route 28, Arkville, NY 12485). For more information please call the Catskill Center at 845-586-2611 or email us.

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Function or Form: Utilitarian Art / an exhibit
Nov
18
to Jan 6

Function or Form: Utilitarian Art / an exhibit

The 2nd annual exhibit, Function or Form: Utilitarian Art, will be on display in the Erpf Gallery November 18, 2017 through January 6, 2018. It will feature beautiful functional items by 14 local artists.

An Artist’s Reception will be held on Friday, November 17, from 6-8 PM, at the Erpf Center in Arkville.

Many of the products we use every day are not only useful, but beautiful. Homemade furniture, clothing, pottery, quilts… so many items we depend on for everyday use could be on display for their beauty.

In 2016 the Catskill Center’s Erpf Gallery hosted the first Utilitarian show to celebrate local people that create art with both function and beautiful form.  

The 2016 show was such a success – with a dozen sales and hundreds of visitors - that the Utilitarian Art show has become an annual event. This year’s show will feature some returning artists and several new artists.

2017 Exhibitors include:

Jessica Baker – window coverings
John Byer – woodwork
Enid Cytryn – clothing
Maureen DeKaser – floor coverings
Rosalind Dickinson – pottery
Tabitha Gilmore-Barnes – weaving
Janie Greenwald – seat weaver
Annie Hayes – hooked rugs
Richard Kirgan – furniture
Cheyenne Mallo – ceramics
Joe Muehl – wood work
Franc Palaia – furniture
Dan Palm – woodwork
John Virga - woodwork

header image compliments of:  Maureen DeKaser

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Mutual Muses in the Catskills: Nature in Image & Prose
Sep
23
1:00 PM13:00

Mutual Muses in the Catskills: Nature in Image & Prose

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)

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Catskill Conquest Pilot Rally
Sep
23
10:00 AM10:00

Catskill Conquest Pilot Rally

The Catskill Conquest Pilot Rally will run along the State Route 28 Corridor from Kingston to Delhi, including the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway in Ulster and Delaware Counties. Then along the Treadwell Road to Franklin and crossing the Susquehanna River to Unadilla in Otsego County.  It could lead to the designation of an “Automobile Heritage Trail”.

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