The Catskill Center will host an exciting new series of foraging, identification and cooking workshops with Chef Rob Handel (of Heather Ridge Farm and The Bees Knees Café in Preston Hollow, NY). The series will take place at the Catskill Center’s headquarters in Arkville as well as locations like the Platte Clove Preserve, Thorn Preserve and the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to identify edible native spring greens, learn new cooking techniques like fermentation, infusion and pickling, learn best practices for wild foraging and enjoy a delicious tasting after each session. Registration is required, please visit CatskillCenter.org/events for full details and to register. For more information, please contact Katie Palm at firstname.lastname@example.org or 845.586.2611. Full schedule and workshop descriptions below.
The Catskill Center is thrilled to announce dates for its second annual birding conference, “Taking Flight: Birding in the Catskills”. Taking Flight will be held Friday, June 9th through Sunday, June 11th at the Frost Valley YMCA in Claryville, NY.
The Catskill Center is pleased to announce the opening of Catskill 360, a show of immersive photographs by Alan Powell. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 1st from 2-4pm at the Catskill Center’s Erpf Gallery. The show is scheduled from April 1st thru May 20th. Alan Powell’s photographs capture unique scenes from across the region using a special technique that stitches together multiple images into an immersive 360 degree view.
Thanks to the leadership of Senator Seward and Senator Amedore, we have seen the creation of an Aid to Localities line for the Catskill Park. The first year's funding is already going into the creation of a comprehensive recreation plan for the Catskill Park and access improvement projects across the region. The goal of the recreation plan is to look at the Park as a whole, open spaces, public lands and communities, and see how we can connect existing trail systems, where we can provide more recreation opportunities for the public and how we can connect our communities to each other and to the vast open space resources around them to help build economic opportunities based on outdoor recreation of all forms.
We would now like to see a commitment to build on this collaborative success by establishing a regular annual “Catskills Package” that would support projects to improve our regional economy by supporting both enhanced access to, and stewardship of, our public lands, ultimately providing a world-class experience for visitors and residents alike, that strengthens the economy on Main Street and our natural environment by spurring the development of permanent sustainable jobs that are based on our multitude of outdoor recreation opportunities
The Catskill Conservation Corps hosted a workshop where 6 people attended and learned how easy and rewarding it is to be Interpretive Center Volunteer. The Catskill Interpretive Center is staffed mostly by volunteers and is always looking for more volunteers to help out. This hands on workshop taught people everything they need to know from opening and closing the building, store operations, public resources and more. They all found out how easy and rewarding becoming a Catskill Interpretive Center Volunteer can be!!
Catskill Park Coalition seeks a commitment from the Governor and the State Legislature to build on regional collaborative successes by establishing an annual $10M “Catskills Package” that would improve our regional economy by supporting both enhanced access to, and stewardship of, our public lands, ultimately providing a world-class experience for visitors and residents alike, that strengthens the economy on Main Street and our natural environment by spurring the development of permanent sustainable jobs.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today reminded visitors to the Kaaterskill Wild Forest in the Catskill Forest Preserve, Greene County, to follow designated trails and obey posted signs after recent accidents at Kaaterskill Falls. In November, DEC completed numerous safety and public access improvements at the popular Kaaterskill Falls. The projects are all part of a comprehensive effort to make the Kaaterskill Wild Forest area a safer and more enjoyable destination to visit.
With the start of New York's most popular big game seasons just days away, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos is encouraging hunters to be safe, enjoy the beauty of the outdoors, and consider passing up shots on young bucks.