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Free Catskills Hiking Program on Sunday, February 8

10620371_745724175495954_7927043099924632836_oOffering a mix of free programs and workshops about hiking, trail skills and more every month, the Trail Conference’s Second Sundays at Spillian series continues this February with an interactive discussion about safe and environmentally sustainable hiking in the Catskills.   This event will be held at Spillian on Sunday, February 8th and begins at 1pm.

Using the principals of HikeSafe and Leave No Trace, presenters Heather Rolland, Will Soter, John Leigh and Forest Ranger Joesph Bink will be going over the dos and don’ts of hiking and discussing how to make sure your trip in the backcountry of the Catskills is as safe and as sustainable as possible.

HikeSafe, along with the Hiker Responsibility Code, was developed as a joint program between the White Mountain National Forest and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department to create and develop a Mountain Safety Education Program. While originally designed to educate those hiking throughout New Hampshire about the steps they must take in order to be prepared before entering the forest, the HikeSafe program has expanded to include other areas, including the Catskills. The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people of all ages how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, and is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used on public lands.

This workshop will focus on applying HikeSafe and Leave No Trace principals to your hikes, walks, excursions and climbs in the Catskills. You’ll learn how to be safe on your hike and how to ensure your hike doesn’t degrade any of our natural resources.

This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. Please register on the Trail Conference’s event page so organizers can maintain a headcount for the day.

About the Presenters:

Will SoterWill Soter is the Trail Conference’s Trails Chair for the southern Catskills, CEO and Lead Guide of Upstate Adventure Guides,  and a registered New York State  Guide.  Will has years of experience exploring and hiking throughout the Catskills and as a guide, he strives to provide a superior level of wilderness guidance, while maximizing the visitor’s experience.

Heather RollandHeather Rolland is an avid Catskills hiker, the Trail Conference’s Catskills Program Coordinator, a member of the Board of Directors of the Catskill 3500 Club and is currently working on her Catskills All Trails Patch.

John LeighJohn Leigh is the Trail Conference’s Volunteer Coordinator and a certified Leave No Trace instructor.  He has hiked throughout New York and New Jersey, including many of the trails of the Catskills. John  has taught backpacking, wilderness survival, and camping in New Hampshire, and sailing and canoeing on Chesapeake Bay.

Joseph Bink is a New York State Forest Ranger in the Catskills.  He will be sharing his insights on the HikeSafe and LNT guidelines.  He will also provide information on staying safe, having fun, and knowing the regulations in the Catskill Park and Forest Preserve.

Help clean up the Kaaterskill Rail Trail and Kaaterskill Falls

KaaterskillFallsOn Sunday, October 5th from 9am to 11am, volunteers will be working to remove litter from the area surrounding the Kaaterskill Rail Trail and Kaaterskill Falls near the end of the Laurel House Road in Haines Falls, New York.

Volunteers should be sure to wear hiking boots; dress appropriately for the outdoor conditions and our activities; pack plenty of water to stay hydrated; and bring work gloves. The public is welcome to join work trips of the Catskill Conservation Corps. No experience is necessary and tools and training will be provided on site before we get started.

Following the work trip, volunteers are invited to join the Catskill Conservation Corps, the Trail Conference, the DEC, and other volunteers from throughout the Catskills at the 2014 Catskills Volunteer Appreciation Picnic being held at the North and South Lake State Campground and Day Use Area. For more information on the picnic, please visit

This day of service and recognition is part of the 2014 Catskills Lark in the Park, a 10-day celebration of the Catskill Park and the Catskill Mountains region. Visit for more information.

For more information, visit the Trail Conference page for this event

Press Release for Event

2014 All Volunteer Appreciation Picnic Scheduled For Sunday, October 5

2013 Volunteer Appreciation Picnic!Free Registration for the 2014 Catskills Volunteer Appreciation Picnic

The Catskill Conservation Corps, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation invite you to join us at the 2014 All Volunteer Appreciation Picnic on Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 11am to 3pm at the South Lake Pavilion at North & South Lake State Campground and Day Use Area.

This free event is open to all who have volunteered in the Catskill Mountains region on trails, lean-tos, fire towers, and other stewardship activities.

Prior to the picnic, the Catskill Conservation Corps will be sponsoring a short stewardship project in the North & South Lake State Campground, which will begin at 9am.

This free day of service and recognition is part of the 2014 Catskills Lark in the Park, a 10-day celebration of the Catskill Park and the Catskill Mountains region.  Visit the Catskills Lark in the Park website for more information.

Please register for the picnic below, or call 518-628-4243 to register.  Please also feel free to call if you have any questions or need additional information.

Free Registration for 2014 Catskills Volunteer Appreciation Picnic

Some photos from our 2013 Picnic!

Call for 2014 Catskills Lark in the Park Event Leaders!

larkintheparkWe are celebrating the 11th Anniversary of the Catskills Lark in the Park, and we hope you will be a part of it

Hiking, paddling, mountain biking or road cycling, backpacking, fishing, natural history walks, birding, , writing or photography workshops, lectures, educational events, and all types of outdoor activities are on the schedule for Catskills Lark in the Park 2014 and we need you to be a part of it!

The New York – New Jersey Trail Conference, the Catskill Mountain Club, the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation ask you to help make this year’s Lark in the Park an extraordinary 10 days by volunteering to organize an event.

The Catskills Lark in the Park 2014 begins on Saturday, October 4, and runs through Monday, October 13. Weekend events fill up quickly but weekday events see good participation too. To submit an event you would like to organize, please just return the Event Proposal Form.

Each year there are dozens of volunteers working hard to plan Lark in the Park 2014: we are reaching out to newspapers, radio, and local television; we will distribute over 2,000 printed brochures; and the Catskills Lark in the Park website is all set, waiting to fill up with great outdoor activities.

To have your event listed on the printed schedule, the deadline is Friday, September 5.

If you would like to organize an event for Lark in the Park, just fill out the 2014 Lark in the Park Event Proposal Form (PDF), save it, and attach it to an email to  Or you can print it and send it from the post office: New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, Attn: Jeff Senterman, PO Box 343, Tannersville, NY 12485.  If you have any questions please contact me via e-mail, or call 518-628-4243.

Thanks to you, Catskills Lark in the Park is one of the largest coordinated outdoor events in the Catskills. We look forward to your help in getting everyone outdoors to enjoy the Catskills.

If you have questions or need additonal information, please contact the Trail Conference’s Catskills Regional Office at 518-628-4243 or at