Be Part of History in the Catskills: Help Build a New Trail

Enjoy an afternoon in the Catskills: Help build a trail at the Catskill Interpretive Center!

We’re building a new trail at the Catskill Interpretive Center, and we need your help! No trail-building experience is necessary, and all skill levels are invited to participate. We’ll teach you everything you need to know. Come for an hour or stay for the day and help build the new trail that will ultimately lead to the summit of Mt. Tobias.

Who: Everyone who loves trails!

Where: Catskill Interpretive Center, 5096 Route 28, Mt. Tremper, NY 12457. Call Catskills Program Coordinator Doug Senterman at 518.497.5319 for details about joining the event.

When: Thursday, April 28, through Sunday, May 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Why: The long-awaited Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center (CIC) finally opened its doors last July. Decades in the making, the CIC was created to be a destination for all things Catskills.

“For too long the Catskill State Park was one of the only major state or national parks in the country without an Interpretive Center. I was determined to change that. It’s critically important to have a place where residents and visitors can learn about our unique natural, historical, and cultural resources. It will help preserve our rich heritage, keep our local economies strong, and our quality of life intact.”

— Hon. Rep. Maurice D. Hinchey, US Rep. 1993 – 2013

We’re building trails on the site to help make it a true Catskills experience. Help make history–join us in building a new trail!

Pre-registration is not required.

Interested in Helping Build a New lean-to?

We will be starting prep work for the new leanto’s being built here in the Catskills starting this Friday at the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mt. Tremper, NY.  We will be removing the bark from the logs and other prepping activities.

Construction of the leantos will continue most every week  until completed in there new locations.  We are replacing the German Hollow Lean-to as well as the Batavia Kill Lean-to.

For more information or to register please email Doug Senterman at 

Help Build New Trail at the Catskill Interpretive Center!

13007084_1009065862482073_9079382725284245178_nWe 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 access to the building with restrooms.  The trail is a great opportunity to learn how to build a more complex than normal trail here in the Catskills!  The trail starts on the far side of the new bridge and continues up to a picnic area, this is phase 1 of the trail.  Instruction will be provided and no experience is necessary.

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.

Work trips will occur every Friday (April 15th thru June 3rd) from 10am to 4pm, come for as long or as short as you want. There will be weekend work dates as well as other weekdays and those will be announced as they are determined.

For more information and to register please contact Doug Senterman, Catskill Conservation Corps Program Coordinator by email

Registration is not required but recommend.

Hemlock Citizen Science

CRISP will also be doing training’s for hemlock woolly adelgid identification and reporting. I will be training volunteers in HWA ID and infestation density characterization, as well as iMap Invasives use to report any instances of HWA found in hemlock stands. The goal is to help CRISP characterize the outer limits of the infestation in the Catskills. Dates of training’s TBD.

For more information or to sign up contact Dan Snider, Field Projects Manager, CRISP at

Hemlock Surveys

CRISP is doing hemlock health and regeneration surveys throughout the Catskills. I am looking to take 1 or 2 volunteers out every trip, which will include bushwacking on mountainous and difficult terrain, perhaps with stream crossings. We will be out for between 4 and 7 hours at a stretch.

You will be trained in GPS data collection, hemlock and hemlock woolly adelgid ID and survey techniques, as well as some general-purpose forest survey techniques (DBH measurements, leaf-crown ratio, etc). Dates are TBD, but would be on weekdays in summer.

For more information or to sign contact Dan Snider, Field Projects Manager, CRISP at

BioBlitz at the Thorn Preserve in Woodstock

We’re having our second annual BioBlitz, an event where we spend a weekend sending out identification experts to categorize as many organisms on the property as possible. The end goal is to have a thorough idea of the species composition at the Thorn Preserve, and to use to the data to form a stewardship plan for the property.

We will be sending out 2-3 trained volunteers with each expert. The trained volunteers will be recording the organism’s common name, scientific name, gps location, habitat type it was found in, and some other data, taking pictures of each organism, and in general taking notes on behavior etc that the expert discusses.

We’re also looking for volunteers to direct parking, to man the refreshments table, to keep track of ID guidebooks and equipment that are lent out, and some other tasks.

We are looking for between 30 and 45 volunteers for the event, taking place from June 10th through June 11th. Our schedule for what time experts are coming will be up on our website soon. Our scheduled training days so far are Wednesday June 1st at 6 pm and Sunday June 5th at 11 am, both at the Thorn Preserve, which is located at 55 John Joy Road in Woodstock, NY.

If you cannot make the training’s, you are also welcome to come to the event and follow the experts around – this event is both for data collection and educational purposes.

Any questions or concerns please contact Virginia Luppino at

Catskill Mountain Club’s Maintenance of the Mill Brook Ridge Trail | Thursday, April 21, 9:30 AM

This great trail has been neglected for a few years and needs attention! The trail connects Alder Lake and Balsam Lake Mountain via the Mill Brook Ridge, which is just a bit under 3500′ itself. It’s a great hike, but the trail has become overgrown, especially in its mid-section. We’ll hike in from both the Alder Lake trailhead and from the Beaverkill Rd. trailhead, working until we meet. Please give us a hand and we’ll put tjis trail back in shape. Happily, our friend and crew member Terry Shultz has agreed to adopt the trail, so when we’ve finished it’ll stay in good shape.


As usual, we have tools to lend. If you prefer to bring a favorite, we’ll especially need loppers and shears. If you have a good quality, light weight saw. such as a Silky, please bring it. This is a nine mile trail, so bring plenty to drink and eat. Wear good hiking boots and bring work gloves.


Rain postpones until Friday, April 22. No dogs due to safety concerns. 

This worktrip is part of the Catskill Mountain Club’s annual maintenance crew work.  To find out about more great events and trips the Catskill Mountain Club has to offer please visit 


To register, contact Wendell George at or 845-586-6273 by Tuesday, April 5. If you need to cancel, call by 8 AM Thursday.  For further information please visit:


Directions: Meet at the old Turnwood General Store on Beaver Kill Rd., just east of the intersection of Big Pond Rd./ Barkaboom Rd.


From SR 28/30 in Margaretville, drive west about 2 miles to Reservoir Rd. Turn left and then bear right, following the road along the south shore of the Pepacton Reservoir for 8.3 miles to Barkaboom Rd. Turn left and go 5.8 miles to Beaver Kill Rd./ CR 54.


From SR 28 in Andes, go west on Main St. briefly and turn south onto Tremperskill Rd./CR 1.  Drive 8 miles to SR 30 and turn right, crossing the the Shavertown Bridge. Turn east (left) immediately after crossing and drive 2.2 miles to Barkaboom Rd. Turn south and go 5.8 miles to Beaver Kill Rd./CR 54..


From Livingston Manor, take Old Rte. 17 north 1.3 miles to Beaverkill Rd. Take a right and drive 10.9 miles to Turnwood.