Category Archives: Training

Bluestone Wild Forest Clean-up | Saturday April 1st at 10am

Start the spring off right with giving back to our environment and helping clean-up the popular Bluestone Wild Forest in Kingston, NY.  On Saturday, April 1st we will be leading a clean-up team to clean up the main entrance and parking are of Onterora Lake right off of Route 28.  We will then jump over to the Jockey Hill area of Bluestone Wild Forest to continue the clean-up efforts there at the Jockey Hill/ Wintergreen Trailhead.

This effort is part of an ongoing project to remove old dump sites, to aid the restoration of these parcels of forest preserve lands.

We will be meeting at 10am at the Onteora Lake Main Parking area right off of Route 28.  Wear sturdy footwear, pack plenty of water and a lunch.  We will be supplying the trash bags and safety gear needed but feel free to bring your own work gloves or other gear.  The public is welcome to join us and you do not need to be a member of any club to join the Trail Crew.  No experience is necessary, we will provide the tools and the training on site before we get started.

The event will go on rain or shine however if there is still too much snow on the ground for us to work the “snow date” is April 9th at 10am.

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.

Help Stain Kelly Hollow Lean-to | Nov. 2nd

kelly-hollowCome out on Nov. 2nd to help us stain the Kelly Hollow Lean-to helping to protect it for all to enjoy!  The trip is open to everyone who would like to help or learn more about lean-tos in the Catskills.  No experience is needed, we will teach you everything you need to know.  All tools and safety gear will be provided.

We will be meeting at 9:30am off of Mill Brook Road and hiking in with all materials.  Please wear sturdy footwear, bring lots of water and snacks as well as pack a lunch.

For more information or to sign up please fill out form below:


Help Save the Hemlocks! | Saturday 10/22

Sick and tired of peak bagging, leaf peeping, and red lining? Eager to try something completely different? There are still a few slots left for this Saturday’s hemlock wooly adelgid training and survey in Denning. Learn about hemlocks, their key role in Catskills ecosystems, and how the wooly adelgid has become a threat. This is a full day’s outing, with training by Dan Snider of the Catskill Region Invasive Species Partnership and then we will complete a survey of a hemlock stand. Not a long or strenuous hike, but expect to spend the day outdoors under the canopy of ancient hemlocks.

For more information, or to register, email Heather Rolland at

Space is limited to please register by Friday, 10/21.

Elm Ridge Leanto Rehab

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Join the Catskills Trail Crew, as we perform routine upkeep on the Elm Ridge Leanto. Participants should wear clothing that can get dirty, as we will be staining the leanto on this trip. Volunteers should bring water, snacks, and a lunch.

Contact name:

Will Soter

Contact email:

Contact phone:

(518) 628-4243

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.


Mile-A-Minute Survey & Removal

When Mon, July 11, 10am – 2pm

Where Cochecton, NY 12726, USA (map)

Description Join CRISP and National Park Service staff in pulling Mile-A-Minute weed at the only location of the plant in the CRISP region. Learn how to identify Mile-A-Minute and participate in helping to remove it. Bring gloves, lunch and water. Wear long pants, dress for the weather, and take precautions against ticks. Contact John Thompson, CRISP Coordinator,, 845-586-2611 or 845-707-3556 to preregister and for meeting place and other details.