Catskill Conservation Corps volunteers build trail at future site of Catskill Interpretive Center

Trail work at the Catskill Interpretive CenterOn Sunday, September 21, 2014 The Catskill Conservation Corps partnered with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and hosted volunteers at the Catskill Interpretive Center site to help build what will become a new interpretive hiking trail at the Center when it opens in 2015.

The work trip was led by experienced leaders of the Trail Conference, who together with the volunteers, were able to construct over 100 feet of new trail climbing the hillside between the site of the Center and a vista and picnic area that will be created at the crest of the hillside above.

The Trail Conference’s Catskills Trail Crew will continue to build and develop this new interpretive hiking trail as part of the development of the Catskill Interpretive Center. Due to the location of the trail, much of the ongoing work will include side-hilling and tread construction. Future work will also include crib wall construction, trail surfacing and the construction of a bridge near the start of the trail. The trail is expected to be complete in the summer of 2015.

This work trip was part of a series of workshops and work trips that will be held at the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mount Tremper. The workshops and work trips are being held to both build the interpretive hiking trail on the property that will be open to the public for hiking and to train volunteers in trail construction techniques for future trail crew projects in the Catskills.

The public is always welcome to join the Catskills Trail Crew on the work site and you do not need to be a member of the Trail Conference to join the Catskills Trail Crew. No experience is necessary, and the Trail Conference will provide the tools and the training on site before they get started. To see the schedule of work trips at the Catskill Interpretive Center, visit the Trail Conference’s Trail Crew calendar at www.nynjtc.org/view/trail-crew-outings.

Interested in volunteering with a Trail Crew or otherwise getting involved with Trail Work in the Catskills?  Be sure to visit our Volunteer Page and sign up today.  We will contact you with information on ongoing projects and how you can get involved in trail building and trail maintenance in the Catskills.

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Help Improve Kaaterskill Falls – Tuesday, September 30th

KaaterskillFallsHelp add a little extra protection for hikers at the top and the bottom of Kaaterskill Falls on Tuesday, the 30th of September.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Catskill Conservation Corps are seeking volunteers to assist a work crew with the installation of wooden fencing at the end of the Kaaterskill Falls Trail and near the top of the falls.  Volunteers will help bring in materials and can help the crew assemble and install the fencing.

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the form below and your information will be passed along to the Crew Leaders who will contact you with details of the event.

Help clean up the Kaaterskill Rail Trail and Kaaterskill Falls

KaaterskillFallsOn Sunday, October 5th from 9am to 11am, volunteers will be working to remove litter from the area surrounding the Kaaterskill Rail Trail and Kaaterskill Falls near the end of the Laurel House Road in Haines Falls, New York.

Volunteers should be sure to wear hiking boots; dress appropriately for the outdoor conditions and our activities; pack plenty of water to stay hydrated; and bring work gloves. The public is welcome to join work trips of the Catskill Conservation Corps. No experience is necessary and tools and training will be provided on site before we get started.

Following the work trip, volunteers are invited to join the Catskill Conservation Corps, the Trail Conference, the DEC, and other volunteers from throughout the Catskills at the 2014 Catskills Volunteer Appreciation Picnic being held at the North and South Lake State Campground and Day Use Area. For more information on the picnic, please visit http://www.nynjtc.org/2014CatskillsPicnic.

This day of service and recognition is part of the 2014 Catskills Lark in the Park, a 10-day celebration of the Catskill Park and the Catskill Mountains region. Visit http://www.catskillslark.org for more information.

For more information, visit the Trail Conference page for this event

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Volunteers needed for trail construction at Catskill Interpretive Center Site on Sunday, September 21

IMG_1661-CIC Trail WorkOn Sunday, September 21st from 10am to 3pm, the Catskills Trail Crew will be working on constructing a new trail at the site of the future Catskill Interpretive Center that will bring hikers and visitors from the Catskill Interpretive Center, across a stream and up the slope to a future viewpoint

On this trip the Trail Crew  will be clearing the trail route and beginning to construct portions of the trail. Work will include clearing, sidehilling (digging into the hillside to create a bench for the trail) and tread construction.

This work trip is part of a series of workshops and work trips that will be held at the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mount Tremper by the Trail Conference.  The goal of the ongoing workshops and work trips will be held to build an interpretive hiking trail on the property that will be open to the public for hiking and train volunteers in trail building skills.

Please make sure to wear your hiking boots; dress appropriately for the outdoor conditions and our trail building activities; pack plenty of water to stay hydrated; bring work gloves; and bring a bag lunch.

The public is welcome to join us and you do not need to be a member of the Trail Conference to join the Trail Crew. No experience is necessary, we will provide the tools and the training on site before we get started.

The work will begin at
5114 New York 28
Mt Tremper, NY 12457
GPS Coordinates: 42.027633, -74.268607

Driving Directions: Turn off of Route 28 at the Catskill Park Information sign onto the Interpretive Center roadway, drive past the information kiosk, cross the bridge and enter the circular part of the road. The trail crew will be entering the woods at the north side of the circle near the small sign-in booth. Parking is available along the circle.

For more information, visit the Trail Conference’s event page for this work trip.

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Photos from prior work trips on the Interpretive Center trails:

Trail Crew members cleared the route of the new trail

2014 All Volunteer Appreciation Picnic Scheduled For Sunday, October 5

2013 Volunteer Appreciation Picnic!Free Registration for the 2014 Catskills Volunteer Appreciation Picnic

The Catskill Conservation Corps, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation invite you to join us at the 2014 All Volunteer Appreciation Picnic on Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 11am to 3pm at the South Lake Pavilion at North & South Lake State Campground and Day Use Area.

This free event is open to all who have volunteered in the Catskill Mountains region on trails, lean-tos, fire towers, and other stewardship activities.

Prior to the picnic, the Catskill Conservation Corps will be sponsoring a short stewardship project in the North & South Lake State Campground, which will begin at 9am.

This free day of service and recognition is part of the 2014 Catskills Lark in the Park, a 10-day celebration of the Catskill Park and the Catskill Mountains region.  Visit the Catskills Lark in the Park website for more information.

Please register for the picnic below, or call 518-628-4243 to register.  Please also feel free to call if you have any questions or need additional information.

Free Registration for 2014 Catskills Volunteer Appreciation Picnic

Some photos from our 2013 Picnic!