I Love My Park Day 2017 | May 6th

ILove My Park Day is an exciting statewide event, organized by Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and local Friends groups, to celebrate and enhance New York’s parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire park system and its needs.


Over 100 state parks and historic sites will participate, from Jones Beach State Park to Niagara Falls State Park. New this year to help celebrate the sixth anniversary of I Love My Park Day, we’re excited to expand the event to public lands in the Adirondacks and Catskills managed by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), as well as several National Park Service (NPS) sites in celebration of NPS’s centennial.

Bluestone Wild Forest Clean-up | Saturday April 1st at 10am

Start the spring off right with giving back to our environment and helping clean-up the popular Bluestone Wild Forest in Kingston, NY.  On Saturday, April 1st we will be leading a clean-up team to clean up the main entrance and parking are of Onterora Lake right off of Route 28.  We will then jump over to the Jockey Hill area of Bluestone Wild Forest to continue the clean-up efforts there at the Jockey Hill/ Wintergreen Trailhead.

This effort is part of an ongoing project to remove old dump sites, to aid the restoration of these parcels of forest preserve lands.

We will be meeting at 10am at the Onteora Lake Main Parking area right off of Route 28.  Wear sturdy footwear, pack plenty of water and a lunch.  We will be supplying the trash bags and safety gear needed but feel free to bring your own work gloves or other gear.  The public is welcome to join us and you do not need to be a member of any club to join the Trail Crew.  No experience is necessary, we will provide the tools and the training on site before we get started.

The event will go on rain or shine however if there is still too much snow on the ground for us to work the “snow date” is April 9th at 10am.

HikeSafe Course: Safe Outdoor Recreation Guidelines | Saturday March 11th 1-3pm

HikeSafe Course: Safe Outdoor Recreation Guidelines

Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Catskill Interpretive Center
5096 Rte 28, Mt Tremper, NY 12457 | 845.688.3369

The HikeSafe program, and the Hiker Responsibility Code were developed by the NH Fish & Game, and USDA Forest Service, in an effort to reduce the need for rescue, or recovery efforts in the White Mountains. These principles are universal, and are the back bone of safe outdoor recreation. In this course we will review the 10 essential items you should have on any outing, and the hiker responsibility code, which should be followed to ensure the safest possible outcome. Participants are encouraged to bring their packs and essential items to share with the group. There is no one way to enjoy the outdoors, but there are always opportunities for us to improve our odds, of having safe & enjoyable outings.

Will Soter is a NYS DEC licensed Guide, Assistant Director of the Catskill Conservation Corps, and a Leave No Trace Master Educator.

The program is free and open to the public, but there is a $5 suggested donation. Refreshments and snacks are available for purchase at the gift shop.