Category Archives: Volunteer Opportunity

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.

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 

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:


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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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

2016 All Volunteer Appreciation Picnic! | Sunday, August 28th | 10 -4pm

DSCN0661The Catskill Conservation Corps, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation invite all volunteers to join us at the 2016 All Volunteer Appreciation Picnic on Sunday August 28th from 10 to 4 at the Maurice D Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center in Mt. Tremper, NY

This free event is open to all individuals and families who have volunteered in the Catskill Mountains region on trails, lean-tos, fire towers, and all other stewardship activities. Members of all volunteeer organizations and individuals who have volunteered directly with the NYSDEC are welcome to attend!

The BBQ will include hamburgers, hotdogs, grilled chicken, assorted salads, desert and much more!  Vegetarian options will be available.

You’ll also have an opportunity to tour and view the Catskill Interpretive Center, including walking the newest trail just opened at the CIC!

This event is free and open to everyone but please register below so we have a head count for food, please note if you have any special dietary needs.