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.