Trees for Tribs at the Thorn Preserve
Apr
22
to Apr 28

Trees for Tribs at the Thorn Preserve

With your help and a grant from the New York State Trees for Tribs program, the Catskill Center will undertake a restoration of the riparian zone along the Sawkill Creek at the Thorn Preserve. The Invasive Plant Pull will be Monday, April 22nd to Thursaday from 10 AM until 5:30 PM. The planting of native trees and shrubs will be Friday, April 26th to Sunday, and will start at 10 AM each morning.

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FOREST PEST AWARENESS TRAINING
Apr
24
3:00 PM15:00

FOREST PEST AWARENESS TRAINING

  • NYC DEP Offices, Training Rooms 1&3 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This training will provide foresters and other natural resources professionals with a background on several emerging invasive forest pests and provide them with some pro-active steps to help mitigate the impacts on our forests.

CFE Credits will be offered:
Cat 1 = 1.5

Parking is available at both 71 Smith Avenue and 91 Smith Avenue. Please allow adequate time to park and walk a half block to the building. Sign-in is required at the front desk.

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Catskill Mountain Kids - Fishing
Apr
25
11:00 AM11:00

Catskill Mountain Kids - Fishing

This week for Catskill Mountain Kids our topic is fishing! Learn about local Catskills fish species and practice casting a fishing line on the Catskills Visitor Center grounds.

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.

Photo by Naomi Nishimura

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Thorn Preserve Native Tree and Shrub Planting
Apr
26
to Apr 28

Thorn Preserve Native Tree and Shrub Planting

The Spring Invasive Species Awareness Week culminates in a native tree and shrub planting at the Thorn Preserve! As part of an invasive species control project, we will be planting 800 native plants along the West side of the Thorn Preserve. These plants will help manage regrowth and reintroduction of invasive species such as mugwort, Japanese barberry, Eurasian bittersweet, and Japanese knotweed.

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I Love My Park Day at the Catskills Visitor Center
May
4
9:00 AM09:00

I Love My Park Day at the Catskills Visitor Center

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

Show your love for the Catskills! Volunteers are invited and encouraged to participate in the “I Love My Park Day” event held within the Catskill Forest Preserve at the Catskills Visitor Center. Volunteers at this event will plant trees, install riparian vegetation, help with the removal of invasive species, and partake in some light trail maintenance. Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing and footwear for planting activities and bring lunch, water and snacks. All ages are welcome. Pre-registration will open in April - keep an eye on https://www.ptny.org/events/i-love-my-park-day for more details.

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Evening Yoga & Trail Walk
May
10
5:00 PM17:00

Evening Yoga & Trail Walk

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

As part of Healthy Ulster County Week, join a 200-hour certified yoga instructor for a yoga/movement class and a short walk on the Catskills Visitor Center nature trails (5096 State Route 28, Mt. Tremper, NY 12457). A small number of mats provided, however please bring your own mat if you have one! Beginner level yoga and hike. All ages and abilities welcome, over 10 years recommended.

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Thorn Preserve BioBlitz
Jun
7
to Jun 8

Thorn Preserve BioBlitz

Join us for an exploration and celebration of biodiversity! This weekend is all about learning about and documenting as many species as possible at the Thorn Preserve. Expert-led walks focusing on a particular topic will be happening all day.

If you would like to volunteer as a citizen scientist, to help experts take down data about the species they find, please contact Dan Snider at dsnider@catskillcenter.org

Exact schedule TBD. Check back soon for more details!

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Outdoors Day
Jun
8
10:00 AM10:00

Outdoors Day

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

DEC and NYS Parks is offering an Outdoors Day on June 8, 2019, from 10 AM to 3 PM at multiple sites across New York State, as part of Governor Cuomo's Adventure NY initiative. This free open house-type event will allow visitors to try out many outdoor recreation activities, and learn techniques from DEC and Parks staff, local organizations and experts.   More details to come as the date gets closer.

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Catskill Mountain Story Festival
Jun
15
10:00 AM10:00

Catskill Mountain Story Festival

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

Join us at the Catskill Interpretive Center for the Catskill Mountain Story Festival, a celebration of the past, present and future of writing and storytelling in the Catskills. Enjoy performances and panels, meet acclaimed authors, see what's new from local small presses, engage with local libraries and nonprofits, and share your own stories of the Catskills. There will be performers and activities for all ages, so bring the whole family and spend the day!  Stay tuned for more details as the date gets closer.

Logo artwork by Paper Wolf Design

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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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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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Fall Family Day
Aug
31
10:00 AM10:00

Fall Family Day

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

Save the date for this new event at the Catskill Interpretive Center celebrating the nature, history and culture of the Catskills through kid-friendly educational programs, performances, demos and hands-on activities. Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

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Discovery Day
Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

Discovery Day

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

Save the date for this new event at the Catskill Interpretive Center celebrating the nature, history and culture of the Catskills through kid-friendly educational programs, performances, demos and hands-on activities. Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

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Catskill Mountain Kids - Map & Compass Navigation
Apr
18
11:00 AM11:00

Catskill Mountain Kids - Map & Compass Navigation

This week it’s a kid-sized lesson in map & compass navigation out on our beautiful (and easy/stroller friendly) nature trails! 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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Who's Doing What In Invasive Species Management
Apr
18
9:00 AM09:00

Who's Doing What In Invasive Species Management

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 by better coordination.

Speakers will include:

  • John MacNaught, Catskill Forest Association

  • Jeff O’ Handley, Otsego County Conservation Association

  • Jessica Newbern, National Park Service

  • Tom Pavlesich, Watershed Agricultural Council

  • Jonathan Rosenthal, Ecological Research Institute

  • Catherine Skalda, Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation District

  • Donna Vogler, SUNY Oneonta

  • Chris Zimmerman, The Nature Conservancy

“Who’s Doing What In Invasive Species Management in the Catskills” will kick off CRISP Invasive Species Awareness Week

Download Flier: http://catskillinvasives.com/index.php/download_file/view/552/85/

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Discovery Walk: Animal Tracks and Traces
Apr
13
11:00 AM11:00

Discovery Walk: Animal Tracks and Traces

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

Animals like bobcats, fishers, and bears leave tracks and traces if only we have the knowledge to see them! Join us for our first Discovery Walk of spring with Emily Carrollo, biologist and bear expert from the Department of Environmental Conservation, as she takes us on a walk to spot and identify Catskills wildlife. Learn some helpful tips to continue identifying animals whether you’re at home or within the Catskills Forest Preserve!

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Catskill Mountain Kids - Seeds!
Apr
11
11:00 AM11:00

Catskill Mountain Kids - Seeds!

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

This week’s program is all about seeds! 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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Catskills Great Outdoor Expo
Mar
30
10:00 AM10:00

Catskills Great Outdoor Expo

  • Best Western Plus Kingston Hotel and Conference Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Catskills Great Outdoor Expo—learn about all the best the Catskills have to offer in hiking, paddling, bicycling, and all outdoor recreation activities in this one-day Expo with dozens of exhibitors, expert presentations, free samples and raffles—plus the famous Catskill Center Gear Sale.

Tickets will be $3 at the door. Kids under 10 are free!

More info at http://catskillcenter.org/outdoorexpo

Vendors, please email jmogelever@catskillcenter.org for more information and registration.

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Hemlock Woolly Adelgid ID and Lifecycle Survey Training
Mar
9
10:00 AM10:00

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid ID and Lifecycle Survey Training

Hemlock trees are an iconic and valuable part of the Catskills region. Come learn about the hemlock woolly adelgid, an invasive insect that is threatening our native hemlock trees. We will discuss identification of the insect, and how you can help contribute to scientific projects to manage this invasive pest and preserve hemlocks on our landscape. There will also be a short field component where we will practice surveying hemlocks for hemlock woolly adelgid.

Registration is required for this event. If you would like to attend, please fill out the form at https://occainfo.org/signup/ . If you have any questions, please emali dsnider@catskillcenter.org.

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Catskill Mountain Kids - Maple Syrup
Feb
28
11:00 AM11:00

Catskill Mountain Kids - Maple Syrup

  • Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This week for Catskill Mountain Kids we’re talking about maple syrup! Local maple expert and educator Tim Neu will join us to talk about maple syrup production in the Catskills. We’ll spend some time outside looking for maple trees on our trail and learning about the tapping process, and some indoors making and tasting maple treats. We’re looking forward to a sweet, delicious hour to finish our winter session of CMK!

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CRISP Partners Meeting
Feb
21
10:00 AM10:00

CRISP Partners Meeting

Join us for our Quarterly CRISP Partner Meeting, share what Invasive Species work you are doing, and learn what other organizations are doing to stop invasive species. Michael Tessler from the American Museum of Natural History will be presenting on his work with environmental DNA.

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Catskill Mountain Kids: Sweets
Feb
14
11:00 AM11:00

Catskill Mountain Kids: Sweets

  • Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In honor of Valentine’s Day this week’s Catskill Mountain Kids is all about sweets! Join us for a delicious tour through history as we build on the previous session on snow & ice and make our own ice cream! We’ll also explore some of the traditional baking techniques that Catskills families relied on before the days of modern ovens or electricity.

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Catskill Mountain Kids: Making Tracks
Feb
7
11:00 AM11:00

Catskill Mountain Kids: Making Tracks

  • Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This week we welcome back NYSDEC Forest Ranger Kenny Gierloff for a program all about tracks - learn how to identify the tracks of Catskills wildlife in the snow, and then try making your own tracks…on snowshoes! We will have a limited number of snowshoes on hand for kids to try. We will be spending much of the time outside, so please dress comfortably for the weather (and feel free to warm up in our visitors center building as needed!).

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Catskill Park Day 2019
Feb
5
9:00 AM09:00

Catskill Park Day 2019

Join us for Catskill Park Day 2018 on Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 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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Discovery Walk at the CIC: Birding & Identification
Feb
3
10:30 AM10:30

Discovery Walk at the CIC: Birding & Identification

  • Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for the first in a new series of winter Discovery Walks - all about birding! We’ll practice birding basics, use binoculars to get the best views, and keep a record of sighted bird species on our property. We'll introduce visitors to identification with field guides, as well as utilize eBird and iNaturalist.  If you have your own set of binoculars, please bring them, otherwise we’ll have a small number of pairs to share. Since we’ll be outside for about an hour depending on weather conditions, don’t forget extra layers, hat, gloves, and scarf!

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Catskills Art Club Meetup at the Ice Harvest Festival
Feb
2
10:00 AM10:00

Catskills Art Club Meetup at the Ice Harvest Festival

The February Catskills Art Club meetup will be Saturday, February 2 at the Hanford Mills Museum's Ice Harvest Festival in East Meredith, NY. There will be lots of activities for the whole family - try your hand at ice harvesting and make a sketch to document the fun! Find the Catskill Center table at the Festival anytime between 10 and 3 to learn more about how to make your own art that day and where future Catskills Art Club meetups will take place. Learn more about the Ice Harvest Festival here: https://www.hanfordmills.org/programs/events/ice-harvest/

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Catskill Park Day 2019 - A Primer
Jan
23
5:00 PM17:00

Catskill Park Day 2019 - 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 2019 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 2019 priorities are for the Catskill Park.

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Utilitarian Art Show Reception
Nov
16
6:00 PM18:00

Utilitarian Art Show Reception

Rosalind Dickinson / pottery
Howard Harrison / lights
Annie Hayes / hooked rugs
Linda Heller / ceramic plates
Susan Kukle / jewelry and floor coverings
Lisa Marie Layman / soaps
Judy Mensch / hand decorated napkins
Betsy Gude / shoulder bags
Michael Tweed / guitars

Image: Hand-hooked rug by Annie Hayes - Tillie

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