Category Archives: Leadership

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 

BioBlitz at the Thorn Preserve in Woodstock

We’re having our second annual BioBlitz, an event where we spend a weekend sending out identification experts to categorize as many organisms on the property as possible. The end goal is to have a thorough idea of the species composition at the Thorn Preserve, and to use to the data to form a stewardship plan for the property.

We will be sending out 2-3 trained volunteers with each expert. The trained volunteers will be recording the organism’s common name, scientific name, gps location, habitat type it was found in, and some other data, taking pictures of each organism, and in general taking notes on behavior etc that the expert discusses.

We’re also looking for volunteers to direct parking, to man the refreshments table, to keep track of ID guidebooks and equipment that are lent out, and some other tasks.

We are looking for between 30 and 45 volunteers for the event, taking place from June 10th through June 11th. Our schedule for what time experts are coming will be up on our website soon. Our scheduled training days so far are Wednesday June 1st at 6 pm and Sunday June 5th at 11 am, both at the Thorn Preserve, which is located at 55 John Joy Road in Woodstock, NY.

If you cannot make the training’s, you are also welcome to come to the event and follow the experts around – this event is both for data collection and educational purposes.

Any questions or concerns please contact Virginia Luppino at

Training new volunteer leaders in the Catskills

Participants in the Leadership Training
Participants in the Leadership Training

The newly formed Catskill Conservation Corps, held its first event in cooperation with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference: a Volunteer Leadership Training workshop on Saturday, August 9, at the beautifully restored former Ulster & Delaware Railroad station on the Mountain Top Historical Society campus in Haines Falls.

The workshop was led by experienced volunteer trail leaders Chris Connolly and Jane Daniels  of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. This free, one-day workshop was a great opportunity for participants to sharpen their leadership skills and learn more about how to manage volunteers in a trail and outdoor setting.

The workshop was open to anyone interested in learning more about how to lead volunteers on volunteer stewardship activities in the Catskills and beyond.  Participants in the workshop included existing leaders from the Catskills, along with others from as far away as Staten Island and the Capital District.

Attendees learned a number of skills, including:

  • Developing their skills to effectively manage maintainers and volunteers from recruitment to recognition;
  • Learning about responsibilities activities of leaders within the volunteer structures that currently exist; and
  • Developing and tapping into resources to solve problems on and off the trails.

The day was full of hands-on exercises and group discussions that helped provide information to find solutions to problems that volunteer supervisors commonly face.

Press Release for Leadership Training Workshop Follow Up