Thorn Preserve Invasive Species Management Demonstration
Oct
14
11:00 AM11:00

Thorn Preserve Invasive Species Management Demonstration

Come learn all about invasive plants and how to manage them! Invasive species are non-native plants, animals or insects that can cause damage to our local environment, economy, or to human health.

At the Thorn Preserve, we will be focusing on invasive plants common to the Woodstock area. We will be highlighting best management strategies that can help to reduce these plants’ populations in your backyard.

Organizations and agencies represented at this event include the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership, and the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development.

This event is free, but Pre-Registration is preferred. Please contact Dan Snider at dsnider@gmail.com to register, or with any questions.

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Siuslaw Model Forest Invasive Species Removal Training
Oct
19
9:00 AM09:00

Siuslaw Model Forest Invasive Species Removal Training

  • Agoforestry Resource Center, Cornell Cooperative Extension Columbia and Greene Counties (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Invasive species are here! They are the plants, insects, animals and/or pathogens that are not native to our region. Since these invasive species generally do not have natural enemies in their new location, some of the more troublesome often cause extensive damage to the local environment and our economy. Some can also be a threat to human health.

In Greene County, our Master volunteer networks that help with identification and eradication require an understanding of management options and control strategies to better share information and resources with the community.  Join us at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties’ Agroforestry Resource Center in Acra on Saturday October 19, from 10:00-1:00pm for an invasive species Train-the-Trainer Removal workshop.  Learn the latest strategies in invasive species removal in our region. We will focus on accessible invasive species in Siuslaw Model Forest as well as a refresher of other common or newly arriving species that are high priorities for your role as educators.

Organizations and agencies represented at this event include the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership, the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, as well as Cornell Cooperative Extension staff.

Knowing how to deal with certain invasive species will help you manage their spread and provide up-to-date recommendations, so being appropriately informed and updated is essential.  The cost is free. Pre-registration is preferred by calling 518 622-9820 x 0

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Catskill Mountain Kids: Wildlife Tracking
Oct
19
11:00 AM11:00

Catskill Mountain Kids: Wildlife Tracking

  • Maurice D. Hinchey Catskills Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This week for Catskill Mountain Kids, join us at the Catskills Visitor Center in welcoming DEC Biologist Emily Carrollo in a program all about wildlife, tracks and tracking, bears, and how animals survive a Catskills winter. The program will include a walk on the nature trails at the Visitor Center. Prepare for a short hike with layers, shoes with traction, and a water bottle!

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Who's Doing What in Invasive Species Management in the Catskills: Part III
Oct
22
9:00 AM09:00

Who's Doing What in Invasive Species Management in the Catskills: Part III

At the “Who’s Doing What in Invasive Species Management in the Catskills: Part III” Workshop we will follow up on sharing information from organizations and individuals that are working on invasive species in the CRISP region doing any of the following:


• Prevention
• Education and outreach
• Trainings
• Early detection
• Invasive species surveys and mapping
• Reporting in iMapInvasives, EDDMaps, or other database
• Rapid response
• Control
• Restoration
• Citizen science
• Research
• Funding that could help support any of the above

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Catskills Visitor Center Halloween Invasives Pull and Costume Contest
Oct
26
1:00 PM13:00

Catskills Visitor Center Halloween Invasives Pull and Costume Contest

Halloween Invasive Species Pull at the Catskills Visitors Center! Come in Costume! - Costume contest, hot apple cider, snacks, game, craft, and invasive plant identification on October 26th 1-5 pm at the Catskills Visitors Center, 5096 Mount Tremper New York 12457.

Pre-registration is preferred. Please email striketeam@catskillcenter.org to register, or with questions.

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Invasive Species at Longyear Farm Day
Oct
12
12:00 PM12:00

Invasive Species at Longyear Farm Day

Join CRISP staff at Woodstock Land Conservancy's 6th annual Longyear Farm Day, held at Longyear Farm in Woodstock. The afternoon will feature crafts, local foods, and music.

CRISP and Catskill Center staff will be talking invasive plants, insects, and animals, best practices for managing them, and making invasive species crafts from 12-4, and will be leading an educational invasive species walk from 12:30 to 1 pm.

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Catskill Mountain Kids: Autumn Leaves
Oct
12
11:00 AM11:00

Catskill Mountain Kids: Autumn Leaves

  • Maurice D. Hinchey Catskills Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This week for Catskill Mountain Kids (CMK) we’re talking about fall leaves! Come for a mini lesson at the Catskills Visitor Center on why the leaves turn from green to golds, browns, oranges, and reds this time of year, and participate in an art activity. Geared to ages 4-10, all are welcome to attend!

CMK will be running Saturdays from October 12th through November 16th from 11 to 12 noon. Suggested donation $2 per child.

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Upper Esopus Firetower / Opening
Oct
3
11:00 AM11:00

Upper Esopus Firetower / Opening

As Part of Governor Cuomo’s Adventure New York Initiative, The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and The Catskills Visitor Center Invite You to the Official Opening of the New Upper Esopus Fire Tower at the Catskills Visitor Center in Mt. Tremper, NY

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iMap Invasives Training: Spotting the Lanternfly
Sep
28
10:15 AM10:15

iMap Invasives Training: Spotting the Lanternfly

The Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula), native to Asia, is a newly-introduced invasive insect that can feed on over 70 plant species, including New York’s apple and grape crops. It could have harmful effects on New York agriculture, forests, and general quality of life. So far, populations have been confirmed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. It is important to stay on the lookout for this insect and its preferred host tree, the invasive tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima).

Join the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership to learn all about Spotted Lanternfly, the tree of heaven, and how you can help prevent the spread of this aggressive planthopper by finding and recording its host tree in our region. We'll learn all about their identification, biology and management techniques before diving into a tutorial on iMapInvasives, a free mobile reporting tool for invasive species throughout North America.

This training is ideal for anyone who enjoys the outdoors and wants to learn how to help limit invasive species’ impacts on our shared landscape.

After the workshop we will have a 45 minute break for lunch, before carpooling to Mongaup Campground to survey for tree-of-heaven. You can bring your own lunch, or visit one of the many great restaurants or delis nearby. The group will leave for Mongaup Campground from Morgan Outdoors at 12:45, ending at 2:30 pm.

This training is free, but registration is required. Contact Dan Snider at dsnider@catskillcenter.org to RSVP or with any questions about the event.

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Little One and the Water Book Launch with Will Lytle (Thorneater Comics)
Sep
22
4:00 PM16:00

Little One and the Water Book Launch with Will Lytle (Thorneater Comics)

Come and join us at the Catskills Visitor Center for the launch of Little One and the Water, a children’s illustrated book from author Will Lytle (Thorneater Comics). Also on display: Portraits and Stories, a series of paper silhouette profiles of the watershed residents, created by Jenny Lee Fowler. They will be displayed with matching audio recordings of the sitters’ stories.

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Esopus Creek Fish and Fly Fishing Demonstration
Sep
20
10:00 AM10:00

Esopus Creek Fish and Fly Fishing Demonstration

Part of Ashokan Watershed Month, an event of Ashokan Watershed Stream Management, join Scott George of the USGS speaking about the Esopus Creek fishery, and Mark Loete of Trout Unlimited talking about fly fishing on the Esopus. Learn all about fish and fly fishing with a presentation inside the Visitor Center, then join us outside to the lawn to try you hand at a fly fishing demonstration!

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Hudson River Birding Cruise
Sep
13
6:00 PM18:00

Hudson River Birding Cruise

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Cruise the birds of the Hudson + enjoy views of historic Hudson River lighthouses, waterfront mansions, and other marvelous sites aboard a 2-hour Rip Van Winkle Sightseeing Cruise. 

Light fare, snacks + drinks will be available for purchase during the cruise.

All are welcome, but tickets are limited! Get yours now.

Map / Directions


Hudson River Birding Cruise is a component of the 2019 Taking Flight / NYSOA Birding Conference in Kingston, NY. Learn more about Taking Flight / NYSOA here.


Birding in the Catskills + Hudson Valley / September 13-15 / Kingston, NY

Birding in the Catskills + Hudson Valley / September 13-15 / Kingston, NY

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Family Day at the Catskills Visitor Center
Aug
31
10:00 AM10:00

Family Day at the Catskills Visitor Center

  • Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey Catskills Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Family Day this year (Saturday, August 31st from 10 am to 3 pm) features a fun-filled list of activities for kids and parents alike!

All Day Activities

Hula Hooping Lessons with Small Tribe Hoops
Tie-Dying 
Eco-Friendly Arts and Crafts with local artist Star Nigro
Art Exhibits

Scheduled Events

11am Tree Identification Booklet Making with Visitor Center staff

1pm "The Carrot Salesman" Puppet Show with Paper Hearts Puppets

2pm Native American Ceremony and Sign Dedication with Ramapough Lunaape Nation Chief and Tribe Member

Come with snacks and clothes you don't mind getting dirty, explore our nature trails and make a cool craft to take home!

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BLUE HOLE HOT SPOT, PUBLIC EVENT: Authority of the Resource Technique Workshop
Aug
26
1:00 PM13:00

BLUE HOLE HOT SPOT, PUBLIC EVENT: Authority of the Resource Technique Workshop

This workshop is geared towards learning the effective ways of communicating Leave No Trace. When in nature we are sometimes presented with a situation that is ‘Less Than Leave No Trace’. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will be providing information on how best to handle these situations and promote an opportunity for learning and influencing future behavior.

 

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BLUE HOLE HOT SPOT, PUBLIC EVENT: Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop
Aug
24
6:30 PM18:30

BLUE HOLE HOT SPOT, PUBLIC EVENT: Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop

Free and open to the public at an amazing farm and brewery! Join the Catskill Center and Leave No Trace for a delicious beer and insightful workshop. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will be presenting an interactive, hands-on workshop teaching participants minimum impact skills and how to effectively communicate with visitors about Leave No Trace. 

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Peekamoose Blue Hole; Leave No Trace Hot Spot Re-Visit
Aug
24
to Aug 27

Peekamoose Blue Hole; Leave No Trace Hot Spot Re-Visit

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will be visiting the Catskills for a follow up visit to the Peekamoose Blue Hole. In 2017 the traveling trainers came to the area, inspiring new programs such as the Peekamoose Blue Hole Stewardship Program. Now, they return to provide free Leave No Trace education, take note on area progress, and further consultation for the area.

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The Catskills in the Ice Age - Robert and Johanna Titus
Aug
17
7:00 PM19:00

The Catskills in the Ice Age - Robert and Johanna Titus

The Catskill Center will host Robert and Johanna Titus for their presentation: The Catskills in the Ice Age, on Saturday August 17, at the Catskills Visitor Center in Mount Tremper, New York (5096 State Route 28, Mt. Tremper, NY 12457). The presentation will be from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm with a question & answer session to follow.

Robert and Johanna Titus will soon be publishing a new, expanded edition of The Catskills in the Ice Age. During this special presentation, the renowned geologists will preview the book with an insightful slideshow presentation. Robert and Johanna are well known in the Catskills for their numerous newspaper and magazine publications about Catskills geology.

The Titus presentation is free and open to the public as a special edition of the Catskill Center’s Member Program Series.

The Member Program Series is a five-part education series with top-shelf programming designed for Catskill Center members.

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Catskill Mountain Kids: Geology Walk
Aug
8
11:00 AM11:00

Catskill Mountain Kids: Geology Walk

This week our guest instructor for Catskill Mountain Kids is Steve “The DIrtmeister” Tomecek, geologist and writer of kid-friendly science for National Geographic! Join us for a great geology lesson and insight into the Catskills. He’ll take us on a walk of the trails talking about how Catskills geology took shape and continues to form today.

Catskill Mountain Kids is a year-round weekly daytime program series that celebrates the nature, history and culture of the Catskills. Each session will include some focused learning time, hands-on activities, and outdoor exploration. The program is geared for ages 4-7 but all are welcome. Please dress for the weather/being outside and the possibility of getting messy.

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Catskill Mountain Kids: Kids Yoga
Aug
1
11:30 AM11:30

Catskill Mountain Kids: Kids Yoga

Join local yoga instructor Pamela Martin (owner of Pine Hill Studios) on a short yoga class in the outdoors, followed by a walk and some meditative kid-friendly activities. Note, program will begin and end 30 minutes later than usual time.

Catskill Mountain Kids is a year-round weekly daytime program series that celebrates the nature, history and culture of the Catskills. Each session will include some focused learning time, hands-on activities, and outdoor exploration. The program is geared for ages 4-7 but all are welcome. Please dress for the weather/being outside and the possibility of getting messy.

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Catskill Park Old Growth Hemlock Survey Training and Hike
Jul
26
10:00 AM10:00

Catskill Park Old Growth Hemlock Survey Training and Hike

Eastern Hemlocks throughout New York State are threatened by Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. On July 26th, the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP) will run a workshop for ADK members who are willing to survey one or more of 16 old growth stands in the northwestern area of the Catskill Park. Accessing all of these stands requires some level of bushwhacking.

The morning will feature a summary of hemlock and hemlock woolly adelgid biology, an overview of survey methods, and a review of old growth hemlock stand locations in the Catskill Park. In the afternoon we will visit a nearby old growth stand to practice the survey methods we learned earlier in the day.

This is a free event. To pre-register, contact cathypedler.adk@gmail.com

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Catskill Mountain Kids: Meet a Catskills Ranger
Jul
25
11:00 AM11:00

Catskill Mountain Kids: Meet a Catskills Ranger

Join us this week as welcome two Catskills Forests Rangers to the Visitor Center! Learn what it’s like to be a Ranger with show and tell of equipment and uniforms and enjoy a short walk on the trails to learn more about the Park and the species and wildlife they help to protect.

Catskill Mountain Kids is a year-round weekly daytime program series that celebrates the nature, history and culture of the Catskills. Each session will include some focused learning time, hands-on activities, and outdoor exploration. The program is geared for ages 4-7 but all are welcome. Please dress for the weather/being outside and the possibility of getting messy.

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Discovery Walk: Nature Writing
Jul
13
11:00 AM11:00

Discovery Walk: Nature Writing

Join us for our first Discovery Walk of summer at the Catskills Visitor Center as we spend some time walking and enjoying the nature trails here and then getting inspired with some journaling exercises. No nature writing experience required, just a willingness to try! Paper and pens will be provided, bringing your own favorite journal suggested.

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Invasive Species Teach-In
Jul
13
11:00 AM11:00

Invasive Species Teach-In

Celebrate New York State’s sixth Invasive Species Awareness Week with an Invasive Species Teach-In at the large pavilion in Wilber Park, Oneonta. Displays and exhibits will highlight some of the invasive plants and animals that threaten our lands and waters. See examples of common invasive plants, discover how to report new infestations, and learn what is being done to control them. Activities for children and adults include matching games, Invasive Species Bingo, and a short walk to look for invasives in the park. At the ID table, you may bring suspicious plants or weeds for identification—bring either a good cell phone photo or bring the plant sealed in a gallon Ziploc bag. Unknown insects may also be dropped off for later identification. Insects must be sealed in a bag and frozen overnight, i.e., they must be dead. This event is free and open to the public.

The Invasive Species Teach-In is made possible with funding provided from the Environmental Protection Fund as administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

This is a free event. To register, visit https://occainfo.org/calendar/invasive-species-teach-in-2/

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Jul
13
10:00 AM10:00

Schoharie Lily Festival

CRISP staff will be hosting a table at the Lily Festival from 8 am to 3 pm, talking all about invasive species and how to best manage them. Come enjoy the day of food, music, and crafts, and learn all about the up and coming invasive species issues in the region!

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Thorn Preserve Invasive Species Pull
Jul
12
9:30 AM09:30

Thorn Preserve Invasive Species Pull

Earlier this year, over 700 native trees and shrubs were planted at the Thorn Preserve along the Sawkill Creek riparian buffer, in partnership with the DEC Trees for Tribs program.

Join us at the Thorn Preserve to help check up on these native trees and shrubs, and pull encroaching invasive plants! We will be focusing on Oriental bittersweet, Japanese barberry, Multiflora rose, and Canada thistle.

The Catskill Center will provide tools, work gloves and water. You are welcome to bring your own tools (with labels!), and dress for the weather and digging in the dirt.


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Japanese Knotweed Chop and Cheese
Jul
10
6:00 PM18:00

Japanese Knotweed Chop and Cheese

Japanese knotweed is one of our toughest invasive plants to control. Join us at Mohican Farm for an evening of cutting (and maybe digging) down a stand of Japanese knotweed, then enjoy light refreshments in the garden overlooking Otsego Lake. Dress to get dirty and bring pruners, gardening gloves, and a preferred beverage–we’ll supply the cheese, crackers and Japanese knotweed! Offered in partnership with Mohican Farm/The Clark Foundation.

This event is part of New York’s Invasive Species Awareness Week.

To register, visit https://occainfo.org/calendar/chop-and-cheese-ii/

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Who's Doing What in Invasive Species Management in the Catskills, Part 2
Jul
10
9:00 AM09:00

Who's Doing What in Invasive Species Management in the Catskills, Part 2

At the “Who’s Doing What in Invasive Species Management in the Catskills” Conference we will share information from organizations and individuals that are working on invasive species in the CRISP region doing any of the following:


• Prevention
• Education and outreach
• Trainings on Identification 
• Early detection 
• Invasive species surveys and mapping
• Reporting in iMapInvasives, EDDMaps, or other database
• Rapid response
• Control
• Trainings on Best Management Practices
• Restoration
• Citizen science
• Research
• Funding that could help support any of the above

 
This will be the first in the series of “Who’s Doing What in Invasive Species Management.” Through these meetings we’ll be collecting info from organizations working on Invasive Species management throughout the CRISP region and putting together a Regional Invasive Species Management Plan that identifies redundancies and gaps and any efficiencies we can achieve through better coordination.

If you or your organization would like to present or create a poster for display at future meetings, please contact the CRISP Coordinator, John Thompson, at jthompson@catskillcenter.org

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Making Paper From Invasive Plants
Jul
9
6:00 PM18:00

Making Paper From Invasive Plants

In acknowledgment of New York Invasive Species week, July 7-13, 2019, the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County will be hosting this fun and informative class on making paper from both recycled and invasive plant materiel.

The class will have a brief discussion on invasive plants in New York State. Participants with receive a informative booklet of “NYS Prohibited and Regulated Invasive Plants” the holy grail of information on this subject for New York state. Then, the fun begins, every participant will leave with their very own artisan paper creations. Furthermore participants are encouraged to share any of their war stories, and battle strategies on how they combat invasive plants. Last but not least a handout will be provided by the class hosts with information on sources how to utilize invasive plants in many different ways and additional information on this subject.

Instructor: Marjorie Colao-Pullman is a Master Gardener CCE Ulster County class of 1999/2000 and a Master Forest Owner CCE Class of 2015. She is a local artist presently working in re-purposed and/or recycling materials creating mixed media creations.

Registration Deadline is July 6th 2019. There is a $15/person fee for this event. To register, visit http://ulster.cce.cornell.edu/events/2017/06/15/making-paper-from-invasive-plants

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