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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

Blue Hole Litter Pick Up, One last clean-up!!! | Sunday October 25th 1 to 3pm

Some of the litter cleaned up from the Kaaterskill Falls Trailhead
Some of the litter cleaned up from the Kaaterskill Falls Trailhead at a prior litter pickup event!

The Catskill Conservation Corps will be leading volunteers in a litter pickup and trail cleanup along the Peekamoose/Sundown Road near the Blue Hole, Peekamoose Trailhead and Sundown Primitive Camping area.  The work trip will be from 1 to 3pm and volunteers will be removing litter from along the roadside, trails, campsites and vicinity.

Please make sure to wear your hiking boots; dress appropriately for the outdoor conditions and our trail work activities; pack plenty of water to stay hydrated; and bring work gloves.  The Catskill Watershed Corporation is graciously donating trash bags and work gloves for the work trip.  Thank you to our friends at the Catskill Watershed Corporation!

We will be meeting at the Peekamoose Mtn. Trailhead.

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, we will provide the tools and the training on site before we get started.

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.

Peekamoose – Table Trail Maintenance Day | October 18th

PEEKAMOOSE-TABLE TRAIL MAINTENANCE DAY

Please join the Catskill 3500 Club on Oct 18th for their fall trail maintenance day! Help us keep the beautiful Peekamoose-Table Trail clear and safe for the enjoyment of all. Bring work gloves and your favorite trail maintenance tools (the Club will also have tools available). It’s fun work and a great way to help the Club and the hiking community. Refreshments will be provided afterwards.

Sign up is required and space is limited. Contact David Bunde at trailmaint@catskill-3500-club.org for more information and to register. Thank you!

3500 club

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.

Free Introduction to Trail Maintenance Workshop! | Saturday, November 14th 10 to 2

On Saturday, November 14, 2015 join the Catskill Conservation Corps and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference on trails

The Forest as Classroom
The Forest as Classroom

around Livingston Manor as they teach you about the basics of trail maintenance in the Catskills.  You’ll learn what goes into keeping the hundreds of miles of Catskills trails open and discover how you can get involved in being a steward of the Catskills.

At this free workshop on the trail from 10am to 2pm, our instructor and Trail Conference Trails Chair, Will Soter, will be teaching attendees the basics of trail safety, what tools are needed for the job, and you’ll be hiking the trail learning how maintainers clear back brush and weeds and remove fallen trees from the trail.

Through the field work, participants will learn about the assessment of trail conditions, clearing, trail marking, proper use of tools and how to report any trail problems they may come across on their segment of trail.

Be prepared to spend the day on the trail as part of the field training. Make sure to wear your hiking boots; dress appropriately for the outdoor conditions and trail work; bring a bag lunch; pack plenty of water and snacks; and bring work gloves.

Refreshments and snacks will be served.

This event is free and open to the public.  Please register using the form on the Trail Conference Website so we have an accurate count for the course.

Intro to Shelter/ Lean-to Maintenance | Sunday, November 8th 10am to 2pm

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.  The workshop will take place at Elm Ridge Lean-to near Windham.

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.

For more information and to register please visit http://nynjtc.org/workshop/intro-shelterleanto-maintenance-trail-u-1021

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

Litter Pickup along Peekamoose/Sundown Road near Blue Hole on Monday, September 7th

Some of the litter cleaned up from the Kaaterskill Falls Trailhead
Some of the litter cleaned up from the Kaaterskill Falls Trailhead at a prior litter pickup event!

The Catskill Conservation Corps will be leading volunteers in a litter pickup and trail cleanup along the Peekamoose/Sundown Road near the Blue Hole, Peekamoose Trailhead and Sundown Primitive Camping area.  The work trip will be from 2 to 5pm and volunteers will be removing litter from along the roadside, trails, campsites and vicinity.

Please make sure to wear your hiking boots; dress appropriately for the outdoor conditions and our trail work activities; pack plenty of water to stay hydrated; and bring work gloves.  The Catskill Watershed Corporation is graciously donating trash bags and work gloves for the work trip.  Thank you to our friends at the Catskill Watershed Corporation!

We will be meeting at the Olive Town Hall/Park at 45 Watson Hollow Road, West Shokan, NY 12494 at 1:45pm and then carpooling over to the Lower Field parking area.

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, we will provide the tools and the training on site before we get started.

Please register below for this event, call 518-628-4243 or email catskills@nynjtc.org.

The Wildberry Whippersnappers

Ask me what my favorite part of the CCC’s Wildberry Whippersnapper Day was and I’d be hard pressed to select just one moment. Was it the pouncing coyote we passed on the way to the trailhead? Maybe learning that the volunteer working side by side with me had to hurry off by noon because she was volunteering at the Glimmerglass Opera House later that evening? It might have been the sense of triumph upon reaching our other team’s end point, deep in the forest, and knowing that we’d cleared the entire trail. But it also might have been that wonderful feeling of accomplishment when I used my new folding saw to carefully and safely remove fallen trees from the trail.

weapons of blackberry destruction
weapons of blackberry destruction

Blackberries and raspberries, while thoroughly delicious, are tough, invasive, and very thorny. They do not make good hiking companions. Cutting them back involves metal weed whips, eye protection, long sleeves, and a sense of humor – hence the Wildberry Whippersnapper epithet. Our trusty mascot, Miss Peeka Mouse, was not in attendance as swinging sharp metal blades was deemed a bit risky for the pup. Safety first, as always!

They look so innocent...
They look so innocent…

We were blessed with great weather and a great crew and a job well done. Next up for the CCC? Ashokan 2: The Revenge has been rescheduled – the new date is August 13. Come on out for another full day of fun and games and hard work and cookies on Ashokan High Point on the 13th, and clear your calendar on Sunday, September 6 for a litter pick up and campsite clean up at Blue Hole. And finally – don’t forget the volunteer picnic on September 12 at the Catskill Interpretive Center. Celebrate a great season of volunteering with your fellow volunteers!