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!
Make some art and some music at the March Catskills Art Club meetup at the Phoenicia Library’s Ukulele Jam and Lesson!
Geared toward adults but open to all ages, this month's Discovery Walk is all about map & compass basics. If you like to hike or just have an interest in maps and navigation, this will be a great opportunity to go over the basics and to practice compass skills out on the trail.
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.
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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
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!).
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.
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!
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/
Join the Woodstock Land Conservancy and Mark DeDea of the John Burroughs Natural History Society at the Catskill Center’s Thorn Preserve for a Winter Bird Walk. Please dress appropirately for the weather.
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.
Join the Catskill Interpretive Center on the evening of January 1st for a fun, easy hike to ring in the start of the New Year. We’ll hike just as the day turns to dusk, watch the light change, and finish with a campfire!
Snowshoes are encouraged if there’s snow on the ground.
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
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."
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.
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.
This, our fourth BioBlitz will give an early Fall look at the living things at Thorn Preserve in Woodstock. Small groups, led by experts will go into the field at different times of day to explore for various types of species.
Come celebrate the official opening of the Riparian Demonstration Project at the Catskill Interpretive Center. This project was made possible with the help of the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program. Light refreshments will be served.
Join the Catskill Center and the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program at the Catskill Interpretive Center to learn about and help remove non-native invasive plants.
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.