Category Archives: Catskill Interpretive Center

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.

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.

Find Out How Easy and Rewarding becoming an Interpretive Center Volunteer can be! | Friday Dec. 16th 6-8pm

The Catskill Interpretive Center in Mount Tremper New York has quickly become the gateway to the Catskills and visitors main stop for information and advise for all things our great area has to offer.  The Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center is a partnership between the Catskill Center and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

The Center is staffed mostly by volunteers, are you interested in becoming an Interpretive Center volunteer but do not know what it involves?  This hands on workshop will teach you everything you need to know from opening and closing the building, store operations, public resources and more.  Come find out how easy and rewarding becoming a Catskill Interpretive Center Volunteer can be!!

Did you know that active volunteers receive 10% discount at the CIC store, t-shirts, recognition picnics and more?  The Catskill Interpretive Center would not be able to be open 7 days a week year round with out your help, come on out for an evening and find out how you can help visitors to the region have a fun enjoyable experience and want to return again and again!  The workshop will take place Friday evening and will be hands on with actual opening and closing procedures, greeting visitors and everything else you would need to know.  No experience is necessary and the workshop is open to anyone who is interested.  You can sign up to become a volunteer at the workshop, you can volunteer for an hour or the whole day, once a week or once a month, it is very easy and flexible and rewarding to be an Interpretive Center Volunteer!

A light dinner will be provided free of charge, we just ask that you register so we can ensure there is enough food for everyone (if you have a special diet requirement please indicate in the comments section).  The workshop will be held at the Catskill Interpretive Center.  Can’t make it to the workshop but want to become an Interpretive Center Volunteer?  Just fill out the form below or click here 

2016 All Volunteer Appreciation Picnic! | Sunday, August 28th | 10 -4pm

DSCN0661The Catskill Conservation Corps, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation invite all volunteers to join us at the 2016 All Volunteer Appreciation Picnic on Sunday August 28th from 10 to 4 at the Maurice D Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center in Mt. Tremper, NY

This free event is open to all individuals and families who have volunteered in the Catskill Mountains region on trails, lean-tos, fire towers, and all other stewardship activities. Members of all volunteeer organizations and individuals who have volunteered directly with the NYSDEC are welcome to attend!

The BBQ will include hamburgers, hotdogs, grilled chicken, assorted salads, desert and much more!  Vegetarian options will be available.

You’ll also have an opportunity to tour and view the Catskill Interpretive Center, including walking the newest trail just opened at the CIC!

This event is free and open to everyone but please register below so we have a head count for food, please note if you have any special dietary needs.

Want to help build history in the Catskills?

Ever wonder what it would be like to build such a structure?  The Trail Conference (TC), with the cooperation of the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), is building two lean-to’s on the grounds of the Maurice Hinchey Visitors Center on Rt. 28 in Mt. Tremper, about a half hour west of Exit 19 (Kingston).

DEC has cut the necessary logs from a Central NY state forest and the TC had them trucked to the Visitor Center site.  This spring we have been peeling the bark off the logs, a tedious but enjoyable project.  Anyone who would like to be involved in this building phase is welcome to join us almost any Saturday (weather permitting) this summer, email us to sign up or for more information on the project.  Check www.nynjtc/catskills for progress and schedule.

Once the structure is pre-built at the Visitor Center’s site, it will be disassembled, packaged into bundles and transported to their final sites.  Site one will be in the vicinity of the old German Hollow Lean-to near Arkville.  This lean-to was crushed by three large ash trees during a micro burst several years ago.  The new leanto will be close to the Dry Brook Trail.

The second lean-to will replace the failing Batavia Kill Lean-to located just off the Escarpment Trail between Blackhead Mt. and Acra High Point.  The current lean-to was built in the 1960’s in a wet location.  The bottom logs have rotted, the structure is leaning and the floor has been destroyed by porcupines.

Once the bundled lean-tos are delivered to their respective sites, we will be looking for a large number of volunteers to clear the sites, gather stones for a foundation and put up the structure itself.  If putting up the John Robb Lean-to was any indication, this is a festive and rewarding time.  Watch the website mentioned above for dates.


Wood Crib Wall and Stair Construction | May 28th thru May 30th | 9am to 4:30pm

It is open and free to all those interested in learning and building wood crib wall!   Learn when and how to construct wood crib walls and stairs to support a tread way or retain a hillside. In this workshop, attention will be paid to key design requirements such as achieving solid points of contact, batter, and eliminating running joints.  This course is suited for all levels, from beginner to experienced crew members.  We will be working on 3 different sets of walls and stairs, from straight and straight forward to sections of wall with features such as convex and concave curves, multi tier tall wall.  Everyone will have a chance to learn and build a section of wall.

Please be sure to bring plenty of water and pack a lunch.  Come out for an hour or stay for the whole day!

To sign up please visit:

Cross Cut Saw Workshop! | Saturday May 28th | 9 – 4

The Catskill Conservation Corps, a partnership between the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, invites volunteers to learn how to use and maintain a two man cross cut, scheduled for Saturday May 28th at the Interpretive Center  in Mount Tremper.  The workshop will be led by Martin Dodge. Martin is a veteran member of the NY State Lumberjack Association, and a master pioneer craftsman. The workshop is open to volunteers interested in joining a sawyer crew.

The Trail Conference’s Catskills Trail Crew is establishing a sawyer crew to assist in the removal of large trees from recreational trails, in the wilderness areas. This crew my also be called upon to assist with fallen trees after major wind or storm events.

Volunteers should be sure to wear hiking boots; dress appropriately for the outdoor conditions and our trail building activities; pack plenty of water to stay hydrated; bring work gloves; and bring a bag lunch.  The public is welcome to join us and you do not need to be a member of the Trail Conference to join the Trail Crew.  No experience is necessary, we will provide the tools and the training on site before we get started.