Call for 2014 Catskills Lark in the Park Event Leaders!

larkintheparkWe are celebrating the 11th Anniversary of the Catskills Lark in the Park, and we hope you will be a part of it

Hiking, paddling, mountain biking or road cycling, backpacking, fishing, natural history walks, birding, , writing or photography workshops, lectures, educational events, and all types of outdoor activities are on the schedule for Catskills Lark in the Park 2014 and we need you to be a part of it!

The New York – New Jersey Trail Conference, the Catskill Mountain Club, the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation ask you to help make this year’s Lark in the Park an extraordinary 10 days by volunteering to organize an event.

The Catskills Lark in the Park 2014 begins on Saturday, October 4, and runs through Monday, October 13. Weekend events fill up quickly but weekday events see good participation too. To submit an event you would like to organize, please just return the Event Proposal Form.

Each year there are dozens of volunteers working hard to plan Lark in the Park 2014: we are reaching out to newspapers, radio, and local television; we will distribute over 2,000 printed brochures; and the Catskills Lark in the Park website is all set, waiting to fill up with great outdoor activities.

To have your event listed on the printed schedule, the deadline is Friday, September 5.

If you would like to organize an event for Lark in the Park, just fill out the 2014 Lark in the Park Event Proposal Form (PDF), save it, and attach it to an email to jsenterman@nynjtc.org.  Or you can print it and send it from the post office: New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, Attn: Jeff Senterman, PO Box 343, Tannersville, NY 12485.  If you have any questions please contact me via e-mail, or call 518-628-4243.

Thanks to you, Catskills Lark in the Park is one of the largest coordinated outdoor events in the Catskills. We look forward to your help in getting everyone outdoors to enjoy the Catskills.

If you have questions or need additonal information, please contact the Trail Conference’s Catskills Regional Office at 518-628-4243 or at catskills@nynjtc.org.

Trails begin to take shape at Catskill Interpretive Center

Trail Crew members cleared the route of the new trail
Trail Crew members cleared the roughly half mile route of the new trail during the work trip on August 10, 2014

The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference‘s Catskills Trail Crew began this past Saturday (August 10, 2014) building a new interpretive hiking trail as part of the development and construction of the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mount Tremper along Route 28.

On this trip the crew cleared the trail route so on future trips, the crew can dive right into the construction of this trail.  Future work will include side-hilling, crib wall construction, stone step construction and the construction of a bridge.

The trail will leave the north side of the field where the Interpretive Center will be built, cross a small stream and then begin ascending a roughly 300 foot bluff.  At the top of this bluff will be a cleared picnic area, which will also host a fire tower and a replica observers cabin as part of the Interpretive Center.  The entire trail will be just over a half a mile in length, but will require construction throughout most of its length.

This work trip was the first in a series of workshops and work trips that will be held at the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mount Tremper by the Trail Conference and by the Catskill Conservation Corps.  Future workshops and work trips will be held to finish building the interpretive hiking trail and teach skills related to the trail and bridge construction that will be required.  Once finished, the trail will become part of the Catskill Interpretive Center and be open to the public.  The Trail Conference expects that the trail will be complete and ready for hiking in the Spring of 2015.

The Trail Conference’s Trail Crew will next be working on the site on Sunday, August 24, 2014.  If you’re interested in helping, the public is welcome to join the crew and you do not need to be a member of the Trail Conference to take part.  No experience is necessary, as the Trail Conference will provide the tools and the training on site before you get started.

Do you want to sign up to get involved with Trail Crews in the Catskills?  Complete our Volunteer Form and be sure to indicate that you are interested in Trail Crews!

Trail Work Selfie Time!
Trail Crew Selfie Time!

 

Training new volunteer leaders in the Catskills

Participants in the Leadership Training
Participants in the Leadership Training

The newly formed Catskill Conservation Corps, held its first event in cooperation with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference: a Volunteer Leadership Training workshop on Saturday, August 9, at the beautifully restored former Ulster & Delaware Railroad station on the Mountain Top Historical Society campus in Haines Falls.

The workshop was led by experienced volunteer trail leaders Chris Connolly and Jane Daniels  of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. This free, one-day workshop was a great opportunity for participants to sharpen their leadership skills and learn more about how to manage volunteers in a trail and outdoor setting.

The workshop was open to anyone interested in learning more about how to lead volunteers on volunteer stewardship activities in the Catskills and beyond.  Participants in the workshop included existing leaders from the Catskills, along with others from as far away as Staten Island and the Capital District.

Attendees learned a number of skills, including:

  • Developing their skills to effectively manage maintainers and volunteers from recruitment to recognition;
  • Learning about responsibilities activities of leaders within the volunteer structures that currently exist; and
  • Developing and tapping into resources to solve problems on and off the trails.

The day was full of hands-on exercises and group discussions that helped provide information to find solutions to problems that volunteer supervisors commonly face.

Press Release for Leadership Training Workshop Follow Up