Category Archives: Press Release/Announcement

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 www.nynjtc.org/2014CatskillsPicnic.

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 www.catskillslark.org for more information.

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

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Volunteers needed for trail construction at Catskill Interpretive Center Site on Sunday, September 21

IMG_1661-CIC Trail WorkOn Sunday, September 21st from 10am to 3pm, the Catskills Trail Crew will be working on constructing a new trail at the site of the future Catskill Interpretive Center that will bring hikers and visitors from the Catskill Interpretive Center, across a stream and up the slope to a future viewpoint

On this trip the Trail Crew  will be clearing the trail route and beginning to construct portions of the trail. Work will include clearing, sidehilling (digging into the hillside to create a bench for the trail) and tread construction.

This work trip is part of a series of workshops and work trips that will be held at the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mount Tremper by the Trail Conference.  The goal of the ongoing workshops and work trips will be held to build an interpretive hiking trail on the property that will be open to the public for hiking and train volunteers in trail building skills.

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; 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.

The work will begin at
5114 New York 28
Mt Tremper, NY 12457
GPS Coordinates: 42.027633, -74.268607

Driving Directions: Turn off of Route 28 at the Catskill Park Information sign onto the Interpretive Center roadway, drive past the information kiosk, cross the bridge and enter the circular part of the road. The trail crew will be entering the woods at the north side of the circle near the small sign-in booth. Parking is available along the circle.

For more information, visit the Trail Conference’s event page for this work trip.

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Photos from prior work trips on the Interpretive Center trails:

Trail Crew members cleared the route of the new trail

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