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Great Volunteer Opportunities at the Catskill interpretive Center!

Interpretive CenterThe 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:

Some photos of the Interpetive Center under construction:

CIC Front Entrance 3-17-15 CIC Painting and Staining Interior 2 3-17-15

Come help build the new trail at the Catskill Interpretive Center | Saturday, October 24th 10 am to 3pm

On Saturday October 24th from 10am to 3pm, the Catskills Trail Crew will be working on constructing a new trail at the site of the 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.

Come build trail at the new Catskill Interpretive Center! Volunteers needed! | Saturday and Sunday October 17th and 18th 10am to 3pm

On Saturday and Sunday October 17th and 18th from 10am to 3pm, the Catskills Trail Crew will be working on constructing a new trail at the site of the 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.

New Volunteer Opportunity At The Now Opened Catskill Interpretive Center!!

Interpretive CenterThe Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center has become the gateway to the Catskill Park and the Catskills Region.  Volunteers will be integral to 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.

If you are interested in learning more and getting involved, please complete this form:

Some photos of the Interpetive Center under construction:

CIC Front Entrance 3-17-15 CIC Painting and Staining Interior 2 3-17-15

Catskill Conservation Corps volunteers build trail at future site of Catskill Interpretive Center

Trail work at the Catskill Interpretive CenterOn Sunday, September 21, 2014 The Catskill Conservation Corps partnered with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and hosted volunteers at the Catskill Interpretive Center site to help build what will become a new interpretive hiking trail at the Center when it opens in 2015.

The work trip was led by experienced leaders of the Trail Conference, who together with the volunteers, were able to construct over 100 feet of new trail climbing the hillside between the site of the Center and a vista and picnic area that will be created at the crest of the hillside above.

The Trail Conference’s Catskills Trail Crew will continue to build and develop this new interpretive hiking trail as part of the development of the Catskill Interpretive Center. Due to the location of the trail, much of the ongoing work will include side-hilling and tread construction. Future work will also include crib wall construction, trail surfacing and the construction of a bridge near the start of the trail. The trail is expected to be complete in the summer of 2015.

This work trip was part of a series of workshops and work trips that will be held at the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mount Tremper. The workshops and work trips are being held to both build the interpretive hiking trail on the property that will be open to the public for hiking and to train volunteers in trail construction techniques for future trail crew projects in the Catskills.

The public is always welcome to join the Catskills Trail Crew on the work site and you do not need to be a member of the Trail Conference to join the Catskills Trail Crew. No experience is necessary, and the Trail Conference will provide the tools and the training on site before they get started. To see the schedule of work trips at the Catskill Interpretive Center, visit the Trail Conference’s Trail Crew calendar at www.nynjtc.org/view/trail-crew-outings.

Interested in volunteering with a Trail Crew or otherwise getting involved with Trail Work in the Catskills?  Be sure to visit our Volunteer Page and sign up today.  We will contact you with information on ongoing projects and how you can get involved in trail building and trail maintenance in the Catskills.

Press Release & Announcement 

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.

Press Release for Event

Photos from prior work trips on the Interpretive Center trails:

Trail Crew members cleared the route of the new trail

Trails begin to take shape at Catskill Interpretive Center

Trail Crew members cleared the route of the new trail
Trail Crew members cleared the roughly half mile route of the new trail during the work trip on August 10, 2014

The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference‘s Catskills Trail Crew began this past Saturday (August 10, 2014) building a new interpretive hiking trail as part of the development and construction of the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mount Tremper along Route 28.

On this trip the crew cleared the trail route so on future trips, the crew can dive right into the construction of this trail.  Future work will include side-hilling, crib wall construction, stone step construction and the construction of a bridge.

The trail will leave the north side of the field where the Interpretive Center will be built, cross a small stream and then begin ascending a roughly 300 foot bluff.  At the top of this bluff will be a cleared picnic area, which will also host a fire tower and a replica observers cabin as part of the Interpretive Center.  The entire trail will be just over a half a mile in length, but will require construction throughout most of its length.

This work trip was the first in a series of workshops and work trips that will be held at the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mount Tremper by the Trail Conference and by the Catskill Conservation Corps.  Future workshops and work trips will be held to finish building the interpretive hiking trail and teach skills related to the trail and bridge construction that will be required.  Once finished, the trail will become part of the Catskill Interpretive Center and be open to the public.  The Trail Conference expects that the trail will be complete and ready for hiking in the Spring of 2015.

The Trail Conference’s Trail Crew will next be working on the site on Sunday, August 24, 2014.  If you’re interested in helping, the public is welcome to join the crew and you do not need to be a member of the Trail Conference to take part.  No experience is necessary, as the Trail Conference will provide the tools and the training on site before you get started.

Do you want to sign up to get involved with Trail Crews in the Catskills?  Complete our Volunteer Form and be sure to indicate that you are interested in Trail Crews!

Trail Work Selfie Time!
Trail Crew Selfie Time!