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 2015 All Volunteer Appreciation Picnic on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 11am to 4pm at the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskills Interpretive Center.
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. There will be Brooks bbq Chicken Dinners! That’t right world famous Brooks BBQ Chicken!!!!! In addition there will be burgers, hot dogs, vegetarian options as well as and of course desert!
There will be a free raffle for everyone in attendance – items being raffled will range from free maps, books, TC hats and shirts as well as donated gear from local retailers such as The Storehouse in Phoenicia and Kenco in West Hurley! The Storehouse located in Phoenicia has donated a very cool Sawyer Filter Bottle! (Pictured to the right) A big thank you to our friends at The Storehouse! We also have a great gift certificate from our friends at Kenco Work and Play Outfitters so come on down for your chance to win – must be present to win.
There will also be a free talk at 1pm by Bill Birns, Catskill Mountain farm boy to nationally celebrated “Sage of Slabsides,” writer and naturalist John Burroughs carried the Catskills in his soul wherever he went. Born in 1837 and raised on a rocky mountainside farm in Roxbury, Delaware County, Burroughs’ widely- read nature essays helped shape the development of the first American conservation movement in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
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.