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Intro to Trail Maintenance Workshop|May 14th|9:30-5:00

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The Catskill Conservation Corps is leading an Intro to Trail Maintenance Workshop on the Escarpment Trail. We will meet at the Schutt Rd parking are in Palenville (outside of North South Lake Campground), at 09:30 on May 14th. The Workshop will review maintenance standards, and procedures for volunteer Trail Maintainers. The workshop is great for new volunteers, or for those who are looking to brush up on their skills, & knowledge of the process.

Tools and protective equipment will be provided. All volunteers should dress appropriately for the weather, and sturdy footwear should be worn. Be sure to pack lunch, snacks, and enough water for the day.

For more information about this event contact: Will Soter   Assistant Director Catskill Conservation Corps      ph: 518-628-4243           e:

To register for this event complete the form below:


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.

Echo Lake Lean-to Rehab | November 9th – 11th

echo-lakeThe Catskill Conservation Corps, a partnership between the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, ask for acvolunteers to join as we rehabilitate this well used backcountry structure, scheduled for the week of November 9th through the 11th,  at Echo Lake Leanto, in the Indian Head Wilderness from 8am to 4pm.  The work will consist of installing a new roof, a new privy and stainging the leanto. The crew will meet each morning at the Meade’s Mt trailhead, in Shady, NY.  The workshop is open to volunteers interested in helping repair, and rebuid the lean-to.

The Trail Conference’s Catskills Trail Crew is working to repair and replace many of the lean-tos in the Catskill Forest Perserve. The Echo Lake project is a great example of a lean-to that will be rehabilitated to extend the life of the backcountry shelter.

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. Participants should expect to hike, and carry tools 3 miles to the work site. There is an option for volunteers to camp, as the project will  take place over the course of 3 days.

The Catskill Conservation Corps (Catskill CC) is a partnership between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, whose volunteers maintain a network of more than 2,000 miles of trails, including more than 200 miles in the Catskills. The Catskill CC aims to increase and support volunteer contributions on projects that protect natural resources and enhance outdoor recreation opportunities in the Catskill Mountains.

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Devil’s Path Rehab (Sugarloaf)


Come join the Catskills Trail Crew as we construct 80′ of bog bridge, to protect a muddy and erroded section of the Devil’s Path. The crew will meet Friday, 4:00 PM at the end of Mink Hollow Rd, in Elka Park. If you are unable to join for the whole weekend, we will meet each morning at this location at 9:00 AM. Volunteers are asked to dress approiately, with sturdy footwear. Volunteers should also bring any  food and water the need for the stay. Those wishing to camp with the crew should bring all appropriate supplies.

Contact name:

Will Soter

Contact email:

Contact phone:

(518) 628-4243

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

Free Introduction to Lean-to Maintenance Workshop

The Trail Conference and the Catskill Conservation Corps will be hosting this workshop that is open to the public and will provide information on Catskill Park Lean-tos, the Trail Conference’s volunteer maintenance effort of those lean-tos and the work that the Trail Conference is doing in the Catskill Mountains.

This workshop will cover the skills necessary to maintain a shelter (lean-to) so that it is ready for use by campers and is harmonious to its surroundings. Students will learn how to do an assessment of the overall shelter condition, cleaning and clearing the area, the proper use of tools and how to report the shelters condition. The entire workshop will be held at the Elm Ridge Lean-to for some hands-on experience.

No previous experience is necessary and beginners are welcome.  The workshop is free to attend and open to the public, however you must register.

All participants should wear sturdy hiking boots, snacks and plenty of water for the hike.Refreshments and snacks will be provided in the morning.  You should bring your own bag lunch to eat while at the lean-to.

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: