Category Archives: Catskill Interpretive Center

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 catskills@nynjtc.org 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: http://nynjtc.org/view/workshops

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.

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 doug@nynjtc.org 

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.

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

For more information and to register please visit: http://nynjtc.org/workshop/intro-trail-construction-side-hill-construction-trail-u-1081

Help Welcome Visitors to the Catskills at the Gateway to the Catskills!

The Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center has become the gateway to the Catskill Park and the Catskills Region.  Volunteers are in integral part of the operation of the Center, welcoming visitors and providing information.

As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to represent the Catskills and to share your knowledge of our history, heritage, natural resources, culture, art, fun things to do and amazing things to see. Catskill Interpretive Center visitors may come in looking for info about amenities or for directions; you will have the opportunity to make that special first impression that tells a visitor they are welcome. We want each visitor to leave the Interpretive Center having learned something new and wonderful about the Catskills.

Volunteers will be interpreters and docents who know the Catskill region and can guide and direct visitors to their destinations while also suggesting other possible places to go.

We are looking volunteers to cover all days but especially the weekends throughout the year.  Please consider volunteering on Saturday and Sunday and help promote the great Catskills we all love! 

If you are interested in learning more and getting involved, please complete this form:

New Volunteer Opportunities at the Catskill Interpretive Center!

The Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center has become the gateway to the Catskill Park and the Catskills Region.  Volunteers are in integral part of the operation of the Center, welcoming visitors and providing information.

As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to represent the Catskills and to share your knowledge of our history, heritage, natural resources, culture, art, fun things to do and amazing things to see. Catskill Interpretive Center visitors may come in looking for info about amenities or for directions; you will have the opportunity to make that special first impression that tells a visitor they are welcome. We want each visitor to leave the Interpretive Center having learned something new and wonderful about the Catskills.

Volunteers will be interpreters and docents who know the Catskill region and can guide and direct visitors to their destinations while also suggesting other possible places to go.

We are looking volunteers to cover all days but especially the weekends throughout the year.  Please consider volunteering on Saturday and Sunday and help promote the great Catskills we all love! 

If you are interested in learning more and getting involved, please complete this form:

Some photos of the Interpetive Center under construction:

CIC Front Entrance 3-17-15CIC Painting and Staining Interior 2 3-17-15

Great Volunteer Opportunities at the Catskill interpretive Center!

Interpretive CenterThe Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center has become the gateway to the Catskill Park and the Catskills Region.  Volunteers are in integral part of the operation of the Center, welcoming visitors and providing information.

As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to represent the Catskills and to share your knowledge of our history, heritage, natural resources, culture, art, fun things to do and amazing things to see. Catskill Interpretive Center visitors may come in looking for info about amenities or for directions; you will have the opportunity to make that special first impression that tells a visitor they are welcome. We want each visitor to leave the Interpretive Center having learned something new and wonderful about the Catskills.

Volunteers will be interpreters and docents who know the Catskill region and can guide and direct visitors to their destinations while also suggesting other possible places to go.

We are looking volunteers to cover all days but especially the weekends throughout the year.  Please consider volunteering on Saturday and Sunday and help promote the great Catskills we all love! 

If you are interested in learning more and getting involved, please complete this form:

Some photos of the Interpetive Center under construction:

CIC Front Entrance 3-17-15 CIC Painting and Staining Interior 2 3-17-15