MaMA is an innovative approach that provides hope for conserving ash and mitigating damage from the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), which threatens killing virtually all the ash trees in the area; training includes instruction in MaMA’s citizen-science and land-manager projects to find EAB-resistant trees.
On Friday, July 13, at 7 p.m., the Catskill Interpretive Center is pleased to welcome Director David Becker, his film crew and surprise guests for a very special screening of To Be Forever Wild.
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.
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.
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)
Put on your best party flannel and join us to celebrate the launch of Fred & the Lumberjack, a brand-new picture book about loneliness, finding friendship in unexpected places, and plaid -- lots and lots of plaid.
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”.
Three workshops for youth, ages 12-18 will be held on Saturdays, September 16, 23 and October 7
September 9th, Bovina-ite and sustainable tourism consultant, Sue Clark will discuss the good and the bad of ecotourism projects around the globe at the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mt.Tremper from 7 to 8 pm.
Learn to identify wild edibles common in the region with chef and forager Rob Handel from Heather Ridge Farm and The Bees Knees Café. Rob will lead an hour long walk around the Catskills Interpretive Center grounds during which we’ll learn to identify wild edibles common in the region. Tickets $22 per person. Registration is required
Outdoor fun for families with kids of all ages! There will be story-telling under the trees, hands-on science programs, and art activities.
with Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower R.N., Herbalist, Eco-Vision
Since time immemorial, peoples from across the globe have depended on trees. Ancient and current civilizations were aware of their stature, their medicine, their power and their ability to create community cohesion. Today, in addition to folklore traditions there’s much research that validates trees impact to our human wellness.
On July 12th, we’ll gently trek the grounds at the Catskill Center’s Interpretive Center in Mt. Tremper and intimately connect with the trees and plants.
We’ll learn about their traditional uses as a food and as medicine and some ways we can integrate their benefits today. We'll also talk about forest bathing, reciprocal breathing, and learn tree and flower gazing techniques for everyday wellness and how to sustain a global woodland network that is caring for our trees.
We’ll top off the day with a rest and conversation while we taste 4 types of wild foods and drink. The recipes will be shared along with electronic handouts that will document the topics discussed.
Pre-registration is requested.
Wednesday, July 12
6:00 - 9:00 pm
$35 per person
Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center
5096 State Route 28
Mt. Tremper, NY
Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower is a licensed R.N., traditionally trained Herbalist, Plant Pioneer Ambassador and Wild Foods Forager, who guides groups through gardens, fields, and urban streets to identify weed plants in their healing properties. Her philosophy is - bringing people to these experiences, in essence will help the environment in as many ways as there are people. She says, “There is a global investigation to discover the realm of plants. If each person can embrace even a minimal relationship with the environment and its plant life, they will eventually embrace how to better treat the world they live in.”
Wondering what plants belong along a Catskill stream and which are pure mischief?
July 12th, spend a summer morning learning about invasive plants from the Catskill Regional Invasive Partnership, Dan Snider, and learn about best methods for removal.
April 27 - Explore the Trails of the Catskill Interpretive Center with Catskill Center Executive Director Jeff Senterman
Join the Catskill Center's Executive Director, Jeff Senterman at the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center (CIC) for a walk with on the site's trail network. There are three short trails on site: An approximately 1/2 mile long, level loop trail around the perimeter of the site (also built to ADA accessibility standards); An approximately 1/4 mile long trail that climbs to a bluff overlooking the CIC; and an approximately 1/2 mile long trail that goes to the bank of the Esopus River. Depending on group size, ability and weather conditions, we'll do our best to cover all three trails.
Black bear populations have been increasing in New York State since the early 1900s. This increase has provided opportunities for people to enjoy viewing bears and enjoy knowing that they are present. Unfortunately, their increasing presence occasionally conflicts with the human interests. We will discuss these conflicts and how they may be avoided or resolved responsibly.