New Yorkers love their parks, as demonstrated by the thousands of volunteers who are willing to help maintain the beauty of New York’s treasured state parks and historic sites. Friends groups and volunteers are more important than ever to keep parks beautiful, clean, and welcoming for all to visit and enjoy.
Volunteers from across the state participate in cleanup, improvement, and beautification events at New York State parks and historic sites each year on the first Saturday in May.
PTNY, in collaboration with OPRHP, coordinates the event on the statewide level, providing outreach, promotion, technical assistance and a how-to organizer’s kit for Friends groups to use for their individual events. Friends groups and park staff oversee cleanup, improvement and beautification projects and work with volunteers.
The Catskill Have five locations this year:
- Catskill Interpretive Center
- Plant trees, install riparian vegetation, help with the removal of invasive species, and partake in some light trail maintenance.
- Kaaterskill Falls Wild Forest
- Help block unofficial trails, clean up litter, and plant native trees to help prevent erosion.
- Mongaup Pond Campground
- Campsite clean-up, Assembling Picnic Tables, Planting trees/shrubs
- North-South Lake Campground
- Campsite clean-up, Tree Planting, Picnic Table Placement.
- Woodland Valley Campground
- Campsite clean-up, Assembling Picnic Tables, Campsite leveling.