The Catskill Center is dedicated to conservation in the Catskill Mountains and Catskill Park, and to creating opportunities for communities throughout the Catskill Region.  Our unique balance of Regional Advocacy, Environmental Education, Promoting the Region, Arts & Culture programming, and Invasive Species work help to keep our region’s natural resources and communities vibrant.

Right Now At The Catskill Center 

2nd Annual Lighting of the Fire Towers!


On Friday night August 29th, we invite you all to find a place with a view of your favorite fire tower on the horizon for our 2nd annual Lighting of the Fire Towers Event! Find an area in your neighborhood where you have a view of one of the fire towers. From 9:00 pm to 9:30 pm, look up to see the cabs lit up. For additional information visit our Fire Towers page.

“BREATHE Plein Air Paintings of Delaware County”

by Sandy Finkenberg

Opening – Saturday, August 30th, 5-7 pm at the Erpf Gallery.

Exhibition: August 30 – October 24, 2014

Read more about the exhibit here.

Call for Art – CRISP

HemlockThe Catskill Center and the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership are creating an exhibit about a very important Catskill Region tree, the Eastern Hemlock. The exhibit will include information about the history of the tree in the Catskills, its affects on the local culture, threats to the survival of the Hemlock, and current activities to help the hemlock thrive once again in the region.

As a part of the exhibit, artists are invited to submit works for possible inclusion in the exhibit. We are looking for a wide array of work that could include: a focus on any of the above listed topics, art created from hemlock, art of hemlock and its insect pests, etc. Possible mediums could include the printed word, 3 dimensional objects, paintings and drawings or a combination thereof.

For more information visit http://www.catskillcenter.org/crisp-call-art/

dare to write

Writers in the Mountains presents Writers Exposed

A summer reading event.  August 17, 2014 1:00-3:00pm
Location: The Erpf Center, 43355 Route 28, Arkville, NY 1246
Come and meet people who “dare to write”.  Open mic to follow fearless readers. Light refreshments served.  Donations welcomed and encouraged.
See the full press release here: Writers Exposed

wiox radioCatskill Digest on WIOX Community Radio

Catch Catskill Center staff live every Thursday morning 9:00AM-10:00AM for The Catskill Digest!  A talk show on Hot Topics, Controversial Issues, and Community Conservation in the Catskill Mountain Region.  Hosted by Alan White & Nicole McShane (Catskill Center), Peg Ellsworth (MARK Project), and Dave Riorden (Catskill Revitalization Corporation).  Tune in to 91.3 FM in the Catskill Mountains or stream us live from anywhere on wioxradio.org.


Congratulations to our Camp DeBruce scholarship winners!

The Catskill Center awarded 3 scholarships to for students age 11-13 to attend NYSDEC’s Camp DeBruce this summer.  Applications were received from Catskill Region students, who all participated in an essay contest.  Each scholarship will cover the cost of 1 week at Camp DeBruce, including food, lodging, and activities.  To find out more about the Camp DeBruce visit NYSDEC’s Camps Page.  To contribute to the Catskill Center’s Scholarship Fund visit our Donation Page.


Mission Statement

“The Catskill Center stimulates, conducts, and supports integrated actions to protect vital ecosystems and unique landscapes, to enhance economic opportunities for all the region’s residents, to preserve cultural and historic assets and to further a regional vision and spirit.”