Help Welcome Visitors to the Catskills at the Gateway to the Catskills!

The Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center has become the gateway to the Catskill Park and the Catskills Region.  Volunteers are in integral part of the operation of the Center, welcoming visitors and providing information.

As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to represent the Catskills and to share your knowledge of our history, heritage, natural resources, culture, art, fun things to do and amazing things to see. Catskill Interpretive Center visitors may come in looking for info about amenities or for directions; you will have the opportunity to make that special first impression that tells a visitor they are welcome. We want each visitor to leave the Interpretive Center having learned something new and wonderful about the Catskills.

Volunteers will be interpreters and docents who know the Catskill region and can guide and direct visitors to their destinations while also suggesting other possible places to go.

We are looking volunteers to cover all days but especially the weekends throughout the year.  Please consider volunteering on Saturday and Sunday and help promote the great Catskills we all love! 

If you are interested in learning more and getting involved, please complete this form:

Free Lean-to Maintenance Workshop!

The Trail Conference and the Catskill Conservation Corps will be hosting this workshop that is open to the public and will provide information on Catskill Park Lean-tos, the Trail Conference’s volunteer maintenance effort of those lean-tos and the work that the Trail Conference is doing in the Catskill Mountains.

This workshop will cover the skills necessary to maintain a shelter (lean-to) so that it is ready for use by campers and is harmonious to its surroundings. Students will learn how to do an assessment of the overall shelter condition, cleaning and clearing the area, the proper use of tools and how to report the shelters condition. The entire workshop will be held at the Elm Ridge Lean-to for some hands-on experience.

No previous experience is necessary and beginners are welcome.  The workshop is free to attend and open to the public, however you must register.

All participants should wear sturdy hiking boots, snacks and plenty of water for the hike.Refreshments and snacks will be provided in the morning.  You should bring your own bag lunch to eat while at the lean-to.

The workshop will be help Sunday March 20th from 10 to 2.  To Sign up please visit:

Free Map and Compass Workshop | March 12th | 12 to 4

This course will introduce students to basic land navigation skills including blaze, map and compass use. Participants will gain the ability to understand blazes and contour lines as well as understand triangulation and how to orient a map.

The course will be held at the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mt. Tremper, NY from 12 to 4pm.  All are welcome to attend and no experience is necessary.

To sign up please visit: 

Free HikeSafe and Winter Hiking Primer Workshop!

The Catskill Conservation Corps, a partnership between the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, invites outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, to its free event: a Winter Hiking Primer & HikeSafe workshop scheduled for Friday, February 12th at Kenco located on Hurley Mountain Road in Kingston, NY from 6:30 to 8pm. The workshop will be led by Will Soter, Will is the Catskills Assistant Program Coordinator for the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, and the Assistant Director of the Catskill Conservation Corps. Will is also a NY State Licensed Guide with experience guiding experience guiding winter trips in the Catskills and the Northeast.

This free, one-day workshop is a great opportunity to sharpen skills and learn how to prepare for a safe and enjoyable winter outing. The workshop is open to anyone interested in learning how to prepare for,  and stay safe on a winter trip.

  • Learn the 10 essentials you should have on any trip
  • Learn have to adapt these essential items for winter
  • Learn the hiker responsibility code.
  • Develop the knowledge to be prepared for the unexpected

Demonstrations and discussions will provide information to help you prepare for the elements and the unexpected.

The workshop will be held rain or shine.

For more information please email us at