Free Trail Building Workshop | April 10th

Learn to build trail from a professional trail builder!

Learn how to create a sustainable side hill trail that will last for decades. Principles of modern trail building will be taught in the field by our professional trail builder.

We will be working on the new trail at the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mt Tremper, NY which is right off the parking lot and has acess to the building with restrooms.

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; and bring a bag lunch.

Sunday April 10th from 9 to 5

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I Love my Park Day at Colgate Lake | May 7th

Colgate Lake Wild Forest is a highly used recreation area for camping, hiking, and fishing during the summer months. This event will involve cleaning up primitive campsites and around Colgate Lake Recreation area, breakdown of unauthorized campsites, and some minor trail work. All ages welcome. Volunteers should wear boots and bring garden/work gloves, water, a snack and lunch, as well as shovels, rakes, and clippers.

Colgate Lake is located 1.5 miles down Colgate Road (County Rd 78). Please park at the first parking lot before you reach Colgate Lake.

Local sponsors/partners: Catskill Conservation Corps

For more information, contact Bryan Ellis via email or phone: 607-652-3607

Start time: 9:30 AM
End Time: 3:00 PM

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I Love My Park Day at the Catskill Interpretive Center | May 7th

Volunteers at this event will plant trees, install riparian vegetation, help with the removal of invasive species, and partake in some light trail maintenance. Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing and footwear for planting activities and bring lunch, water and snacks. All ages are welcome.

For more information, contact Ian Dunn via email or phone: 845-256-3083

Location: Catskill Interpretive Center

Start time: 9:00 AM
End time: 4:00 PM

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Free Introduction to 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.