Thursday Mornings Trail Tales Storytime at Catskill Interpretive Center

Mt. Tremper, NY – Bring your little outdoor explorer for stories, songs and hands-on nature activities under the trees on our beautiful, fully accessible nature trail.

Every Thursday morning in July and August (10:30-11:30 am), Catskill Center staff and special guests will lead “Trail Tales Storytime” at the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mt. Tremper. Each week's theme will be inspired by the local environment. 

This program will happen rain (inside) or shine (outside). We recommend sunscreen, hats, bug spray, and good shoes. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the program!

Recommended for ages 3-7 and an adult caregiver. Free.

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The Catskill Center expands its ranks with a Director of Communications

ARKVILLE, NY, June, 21, 2017 — Things are happening at the Catskill Center. As they enter their 48th year of advoca- cy and action in the Catskills, Delhi resident, Heather Phelps-Lipton joins the team as Director of Communications. Phelps-Lipton is thrilled to be joining Executive Director, Jeff Senterman and the recently returned Jonathan Moge- lever to help ferry the Center into their 50th year.

Heather comes to the Center from a career in photography (specializ- ing in lifestyle stories and events) and brings with her all the skills that a freelance life and the communication department of a busy non-prof- it require.

Heather’s home is on the edge of the little Delaware River. She consid- ers stream-side living and a yard filled with beautiful old hemlocks and yet ringed with knotweed, makes her life a virtual case study in the concerns of the Catskill Center.

Heather’s work has been shown in San Diego, LA and New York.

Her editorial work has been published in the NY Times, NY Magazine and the Watershed Post

Get your Citizen Scientists on : put your smartphone habit to good use at Bioblitz 2017

Friday, July 29th 8am-10pm
Saturday, July 30th, 9:30am – 5:30pm
Woodstock, NY

Presented by the Woodstock Land Conservancy together with the Catskill Center, Bioblitz 2017 will pair scientists and expert naturalists with normal people to study and document the current state of biodiversity at the Thorn Preserve in Woodstock, NY.

The beautiful 60-acre Thorne Preserve contains various habitats: a stream, a pond, wetlands, forest, and open mead- ow habitats. Participants can expect to learn about life in the stream, birds, trees, wildflowers, reptiles and amphibi- ans, butterflies, wild and domestic bees,  invasive plants and various soils.

Scheduled events include a bird walk, an introduction to the smartphone app, Inaturalist and Friday’s explorations will continue after dark — hello bats and owls!

At 2016’s event, over 280 species were identified at the preserve.

Participation is free, no experience is necessary and citizen scientists of all ages are welcome, but please, dogs must stay at home.

A base camp tent will be on site as a place to gather, relax, discuss finds and compile data, peruse guide books and collaborate.

Biodiversity is the diversity of life within a given area. It is a powerful indicator of environmental quality. An ecosystem under any kind of stress, such as pollution or habitat fragmentation, will show a drop in biodiversity.

Data collected at the BioBlitz will be used to study the changes that occur at the Catskill Center’s Thorn Preserve and to make thoughtful management decisions to preserve the biodiversity of the habitat.

Advance training to become a citizen scientist and help scientists record data or take photos at the BioBlitz are scheduled for two dates in July (both are optional and free) at the Thorn Preserve: Wednesday July 19, 2017 at 6pm and Saturday July 22, 2017 at 10am.

Thorn Preserve 55 John Joy Road
Woodstock, NY 12498

Rain date is July 30, 2017.


Visit for the complete schedule and to sign up (optional) or contact Georgia Asher at


Books: Catskill Center to hold book fair June 24

The Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center on Route 28 in Mount Tremper will present its second annual Book Fair on Saturday, June 24. More than 70 publishers, exhibitors, authors, filmmakers, poets, songwriters and workshops will be featured at the free event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Read the full story at the Times Herald Record...

DEC Announces Summer 2017 Oak Wilt Management Actions in New York State

DEC Announces Summer 2017 Oak Wilt Management Actions in New York State

State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced plans to manage the spread of the invasive species that causes oak wilt disease and confirmed that the 15 trees infected by oak wilt in New York during 2016 have been removed. DEC is continuing to monitor for additional infection sites in cooperation with state and local partners, including the Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic (PDDC) at Cornell University, and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (DAM).

Conservation collaboration in the Catskills

A region as large and diverse as the Catskills can only thrive when organizations collaborate toward common goals. Since 1969, the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development has worked with many partners to preserve scenic lands that sustain our vibrant communities. We understand that people in the Catskills prosper within natural environments that attract visitors and outdoor enthusiasts to drive the economy.

DEC Reminds 'Blue Hole' Visitors to Follow Regulations and Consider Nearby Alternatives

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today is reminding visitors to the overused Blue Hole swimming area to follow regulations for the Blue Hole and Peekamoose Valley in the town of Denning, Ulster County. The regulations increase public safety and reduce impacts to the swimming area located on Rondout Creek in the Sundown Wild Forest. This unique natural resource is at risk from overuse due to its popularity. The area is in the New York City drinking water watershed.

U.S. – India Exchange comes to Mount Tremper and the Catskill Interpretive Center

April 11, 2017: A delegation of senior level Forest Supervisors from India’s state agencies will be in Mount Tremper to give a presentation on forest management and water for drinking, agriculture and hydro-power in India. The presentation will be on Wednesday, April 26, at 6:30 PM at the Catskill Interpretive Center—5096 Route 28, Mount Tremper, New York. This special presentation is open to the public, free of charge and anyone who is interested in this unique perspective on forest lands and public water supply in India is encouraged to attend.

Protecting streams a foundation for preserving water quality - The Daily Mail 3/24/16

Protecting streams a foundation for preserving water quality

Posted: Friday, March 24, 2017 12:30 am

By Amanda Purcell Columbia-Greene Media

CATSKILL — A nonprofit conservation organization is working to preserve the quality of water sources in Greene County that flow into New York City...Read the entire story on The Daily Mail website.

New Members join Catskill Center Board of Directors

New Members join Catskill Center Board of Directors

Arkville, NY – The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development warmly welcomed several new members to its board of directors during a recent meeting of the board. Since 1969 the Catskill Center has been led by dedicated board of directors who share a deep passion and respect for the region. Thanks to their professional experiences and appreciation for the Catskills, these newest members to the board will strengthen the Catskill Center, and our efforts in the region.