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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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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Catskills Great Outdoor Expo
Mar
30
10:00 AM10:00

Catskills Great Outdoor Expo

  • Best Western Plus Kingston Hotel and Conference Center (map)
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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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Discovery Walks at the CIC: Animal Tracks and Traces
Apr
6
11:00 AM11:00

Discovery Walks at the CIC: Animal Tracks and Traces

  • Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive 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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Thorn Preserve Invasive Pull and Native Planting Preparation
Apr
22
10:00 AM10:00

Thorn Preserve Invasive Pull and Native Planting Preparation

Join us at the Thorn Preserve to help prepare the preserve for a native replanting effort of over 800 trees and shrubs at the end of the week! We will also be discussing best management practices for common invasive species such as Japanese knotweed, Japanese barberry, Eurasian bittersweet and more.

The Catskill Center will provide tools and work gloves along with water and snacks. You are welcome to bring your own tools, ( and you should label them), and your own gloves. Dress for the weather and for digging in the dirt.

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Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Management Workshop
Apr
25
9:00 AM09:00

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Management Workshop

Hemlock trees are a precious resource in New York State, contributing to healthy stream ecosystems, water quality, and recreation. Hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is an invasive insect that is spreading throughout the Catskills region, threatening to wipe out this valuable tree species. In this all-day workshop, we discuss the background of the HWA infestation, the insect’s unique biology, and the benefits and disadvantages of available management and treatment methods. We will also offer training in phenological surveys and free reporting tools for hemlock woolly adelgid, which help better target control methods for the invasive insect. We will finish the training with a practical demonstration and practice session of HWA survey methods.

Registration is required for this event. Please RSVP to dsnider@catskillcenter.org if you would like to attend or have any questions.

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I Love My Park Day at the Catskill Interpretive Center
May
4
9:00 AM09:00

I Love My Park Day at the Catskill Interpretive Center

  • Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive 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 Catskill Interpretive 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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Outdoors Day
Jun
8
10:00 AM10:00

Outdoors Day

  • Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive 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

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.

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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

  • Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center (map)
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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

  • Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive 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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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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CRISP Partners Meeting
Oct
18
10:00 AM10:00

CRISP Partners Meeting

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Join the quarterly CRISP Partner Meeting, share what Invasive Species work you are doing, and learn what other organizations are doing to stop invasive species.

Featured speaker, Kathryn Long of Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, will discuss "Monitoring for Feral Swine in New York."

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Inspired By The Land
Oct
6
to Nov 10

Inspired By The Land

Join us for the Show Opening: Saturday, October 6, 2p,m. - 4p.m.

This exhibit will highlight the art, writing, photography and crafts which these protected lands inspire their landowners to create. Learn more about conservation easements and get inspired by the beauty of our region.

Photo by Jim Peppler - taken at the Esopus Bend Nature Preserve - a Conservation Easement of the Catskill Center.

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Protect the Hemlocks! Fence Raising at Thorn
Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

Protect the Hemlocks! Fence Raising at Thorn

On October 6th, we will be repairing the fence that has protected our future hemlock hedge from deer herbivory. Come help us protect the hemlocks, and learn about the invasive species that are spreading throughout the Catskills, as well as what you can do to help keep your hemlocks alive.

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CRISP Partners Meeting
Aug
16
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. Our featured speaker is Tim McCay, professor at Colgate University, who will describe recent findings in earthworm ecology relevant to the Northeast

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