Trail Tales Storytime
Aug
3
10:30 am10:30

Trail Tales Storytime

  • Catskill Interpretive Center

Every Thursday morning in July and August, join Catskill Center staff and special guests for a unique storytime experience under the trees on our beautiful, fully accessible nature trail. Each week children will enjoy stories, songs and hands-on nature activities on a different theme inspired by the local environment. Recommended for ages 3-7, but all are welcome. Children must attend with an adult caregiver. 
 

Aug
6
6:00 pm18:00

History of the Catskills

  • Catskill Interpretive Center

How did the Catskills get their name? What happened to the American Chestnut? Do you know the history of music in the Catskills? The Catskill Mountains have a rich and exciting story. Travel back in time with the members of ECC to explore precious moments in Catskill history. This program is free and open to the public. No registration required. Presented by SCA’s Excelsior Conservation Corps.

Aug
8
2:00 pm14:00

The Coats We Wear

  • Catskill Interpretive Center

Learn more about the local animals by getting up close and personal with their furs. Design your own creature with its own unique adaptations! This program is free and open to the public. No registration required. Presented by SCA’s Excelsior Conservation Corps.

Trail Tales Storytime
Aug
10
10:30 am10:30

Trail Tales Storytime

  • Catskill Interpretive Center

Every Thursday morning in July and August, join Catskill Center staff and special guests for a unique storytime experience under the trees on our beautiful, fully accessible nature trail. Each week children will enjoy stories, songs and hands-on nature activities on a different theme inspired by the local environment. Recommended for ages 3-7, but all are welcome. Children must attend with an adult caregiver. 
 

Creating Mandalas Workshop - Youth (Ages 12-18)
Aug
11
Aug 25

Creating Mandalas Workshop - Youth (Ages 12-18)

  • Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center

Artist Susan Togut will teach a three-week Creating Mandalas workshop for youth ages 12-18. The workshop will meet on three Fridays; August 11, 18 and 25, from 10am - noon. Participants will create one-sided mandalas for pathways that surround Ms. Togut's "Wisdom Trees: Embracing the Cycles of Life" public art sculpture currently on display on Route 28 at the Catskill Interpretive Center. Participants will also have the opportunity to creatively paint rocks to be used along the pathways. A $15 materials fee is due at the time of registration. To register visit www.catskillinterpretive center.org/cic-events/ or contact Katie at kpalm@catskillcenter.org or 845.586.2611.

Creating Mandalas Workshop - Adults
Aug
11
Sep 15

Creating Mandalas Workshop - Adults

  • Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center

Artist Susan Togut will teach a six-week Creating Mandalas workshop for adults at the CIC. The workshop will meet on Fridays from August 11 through September 15 from 12:30-3:30pm. Participants will create two-sided mandalas for pathways that surround Ms. Togut's "Wisdom Trees: Embracing the Cycles of Life" public art sculpture currently on display on Route 28 at the Catskill Interpretive Center. Participants will also have the opportunity to creatively paint rocks to be used along the pathways.  A $25 materials fee is due at the time of registration. To register visit www.catskillinterpretive center.org/cic-events/ or contact Katie at kpalm@catskillcenter.org or845.586.2611.

Mutual Muses in the Catskills: Performance and Poetry
Aug
12
1:00 pm13:00

Mutual Muses in the Catskills: Performance and Poetry

  • Catskill Interpretive Center

Composer Robert Cucinotta and poet and soprano Sharon Israel will discuss their unique roles as each other's muses. Cucinotta will play electronic works inspired by Israel's poems; Israel will read from her new chapbook Voice Lesson, including poems set to music by Cucinotta or inspired by his compositions. 

Trail Tales Storytime
Aug
17
10:30 am10:30

Trail Tales Storytime

  • Catskill Interpretive Center

Every Thursday morning in July and August, join Catskill Center staff and special guests for a unique storytime experience under the trees on our beautiful, fully accessible nature trail. Each week children will enjoy stories, songs and hands-on nature activities on a different theme inspired by the local environment. Recommended for ages 3-7, but all are welcome. Children must attend with an adult caregiver. 
 

Rock Painting Workshop (All ages, Drop-In)
Aug
19
10:00 am10:00

Rock Painting Workshop (All ages, Drop-In)

  • Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center

Artist Susan Togut will teach 3 free drop-in workshops (August 19, 26 and September 2) on hand-painting rocks. The FREE workshops will run from 10 am to 2 pm each day. Come for one Saturday or all three; stop by for 15 minutes or stay for all 4 hours. The finished products will be incorporated into Ms. Togut’s public art sculpture, “Wisdom Trees: Embracing the Cycles of Life” located at the CIC along Route 28.

Trail Tales Storytime
Aug
24
10:30 am10:30

Trail Tales Storytime

  • Catskill Interpretive Center

Every Thursday morning in July and August, join Catskill Center staff and special guests for a unique storytime experience under the trees on our beautiful, fully accessible nature trail. Each week children will enjoy stories, songs and hands-on nature activities on a different theme inspired by the local environment. Recommended for ages 3-7, but all are welcome. Children must attend with an adult caregiver. 
 

Rock Painting Workshop (All ages, Drop-In)
Aug
26
10:00 am10:00

Rock Painting Workshop (All ages, Drop-In)

  • Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center

Artist Susan Togut will teach 3 free drop-in workshops (August 19, 26 and September 2) on hand-painting rocks. The FREE workshops will run from 10 am to 2 pm each day. Come for one Saturday or all three; stop by for 15 minutes or stay for all 4 hours. The finished products will be incorporated into Ms. Togut’s public art sculpture, “Wisdom Trees: Embracing the Cycles of Life” located at the CIC along Route 28.

Trail Tales Storytime
Aug
31
10:30 am10:30

Trail Tales Storytime

  • Catskill Interpretive Center

Every Thursday morning in July and August, join Catskill Center staff and special guests for a unique storytime experience under the trees on our beautiful, fully accessible nature trail. Each week children will enjoy stories, songs and hands-on nature activities on a different theme inspired by the local environment. Recommended for ages 3-7, but all are welcome. Children must attend with an adult caregiver. 
 

Rock Painting Workshop (All ages, Drop-In)
Sep
2
10:00 am10:00

Rock Painting Workshop (All ages, Drop-In)

  • Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center

Artist Susan Togut will teach 3 free drop-in workshops (August 19, 26 and September 2) on hand-painting rocks. The FREE workshops will run from 10 am to 2 pm each day. Come for one Saturday or all three; stop by for 15 minutes or stay for all 4 hours. The finished products will be incorporated into Ms. Togut’s public art sculpture, “Wisdom Trees: Embracing the Cycles of Life” located at the CIC along Route 28.

Catskill Cuisine with Chef Rob Handel: Foraging Walk, Talk and Tasting
Sep
7
6:00 pm18:00

Catskill Cuisine with Chef Rob Handel: Foraging Walk, Talk and Tasting

  • Catskill Interpretive Center

Learn more about the midsummer flora of the Catskills and Hudson Valley with chef and forager Rob Handel from Heather Ridge Farm and The Bees Knees Café. Rob will lead an hour long walk around the Catskills Interpretive Center grounds during which we’ll learn to identify wild edibles common in the region. The walk will be followed by a short presentation outlining how to use some of the products found on the walk, and a tasting of some of these wild foods.

Sep
23
1:00 pm13:00

Mutual Muses in the Catskills: Nature in Image & Prose

  • Catskill Interpretive Center

Photographer Rudd Hubbell, who's been documenting the natural beauty of the Catskills since the 1970s, will share his work and a conversation with nature writer Leslie T. Sharpe, author of the new book The Quarry Fox and Other Critters of the Wild Catskills (2017) 


Trail Tales Storytime
Jul
27
10:30 am10:30

Trail Tales Storytime

  • Catskill Interpretive Center

Every Thursday morning in July and August, join Catskill Center staff and special guests for a unique storytime experience under the trees on our beautiful, fully accessible nature trail. Each week children will enjoy stories, songs and hands-on nature activities on a different theme inspired by the local environment. Recommended for ages 3-7, but all are welcome. Children must attend with an adult caregiver. 
 

Jul
25
3:30 pm15:30

History of the Catskills

  • Catskill Interpretive Center

How did the Catskills get their name? What happened to the American Chestnut? Do you know the history of music in the Catskills? The Catskill Mountains have a rich and exciting story. Travel back in time with the members of ECC to explore precious moments in Catskill history. This program is free and open to the public. No registration required. Presented by SCA’s Excelsior Conservation Corps.

Tree Pose - Outdoor Beginner Yoga Class
Jul
25
10:00 am10:00

Tree Pose - Outdoor Beginner Yoga Class

  • Catskill Interpretive Center

Practice your balance and build strength in this outdoor beginner yoga class. Breathe in the fresh air and stretch your body. All abilities invited, mat is optional on the grass. This class is free and open to the public. No registration required. Presented by SCA’s Excelsior Conservation Corps.

Trail Tales Storytime
Jul
20
10:30 am10:30

Trail Tales Storytime

  • Catskill Interpretive Center

Every Thursday morning in July and August, join Catskill Center staff and special guests for a unique storytime experience under the trees on our beautiful, fully accessible nature trail. Each week children will enjoy stories, songs and hands-on nature activities on a different theme inspired by the local environment. Recommended for ages 3-7, but all are welcome. Children must attend with an adult caregiver. 
 

Trail Tales Storytime
Jul
13
10:30 am10:30

Trail Tales Storytime

  • Catskill Interpretive Center

Every Thursday morning in July and August, join Catskill Center staff and special guests for a unique storytime experience under the trees on our beautiful, fully accessible nature trail. Each week children will enjoy stories, songs and hands-on nature activities on a different theme inspired by the local environment. Recommended for ages 3-7, but all are welcome. Children must attend with an adult caregiver. 
 

Outdoors Looking Inward - Beginner Meditation
Jul
12
3:30 pm15:30

Outdoors Looking Inward - Beginner Meditation

  • Catskill Interpretive Center

Find your inner peace in this outdoor beginner meditation class. All are welcome, no experience in meditation is necessary. Come to clear your mind and enjoy the sounds of nature. Bring something comfortable to sit on, if desired. Presented by SCA’s Excelsior Conservation Corps.

2nd Annual Invasive Species Pull
Jul
12
9:00 am09:00

2nd Annual Invasive Species Pull

  • Catskill Interpretive Center

Join the Catskill Center and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for the second annual invasive species pull at the Catskill Interpretive Center. Enjoy a day of learning about and pulling invasive plants along a stream corridor to help encourage a diverse and native streamside ecosystem. Come dressed to get dirty! Tools and snacks will be provided.

Tree Pose - Outdoor Beginner Yoga Class
Jul
10
4:30 pm16:30

Tree Pose - Outdoor Beginner Yoga Class

  • Catskill Interpretive Center

Practice your balance and build strength in this outdoor beginner yoga class. Breathe in the fresh air and stretch your body. All abilities invited, mat is optional on the grass. This class is free and open to the public. No registration required. Presented by SCA’s Excelsior Conservation Corps.

Jul
10
2:00 pm14:00

Follow the Beaten Path

  • Catskill Interpretive Center

Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints. Hike around on a conservation themed walk on the Catskill Interpretive Center nature trail and join our discussion about minimizing our impact on the land. This event is free and open to the public. No advance registration is required. Presented by SCA’s Excelsior Conservation Corps. 

Images of The Borscht Belt with Marisa Scheinfeld
Jul
6
6:00 pm18:00

Images of The Borscht Belt with Marisa Scheinfeld

  • Catskill Interpretive Center

Join author and photographer Marisa Scheinfeld as she presents selections from her book THE BORSCHT BELT, which contains 129 photographs, Borscht Belt ephemera and a re-photographic series of “now”, and “then” imagery composed by using found postcards and creating a mirror image of their present day depictions. Through an illustrated lecture, she will detail the history of the Borscht Belt, its rise, fall and impact of the Borscht Belt while discussing her research, field-based process, investigations and the layered meanings she sees in the photographs.

Trail Tales Storytime
Jul
6
10:30 am10:30

Trail Tales Storytime

  • Catskill Interpretive Center

Every Thursday morning in July and August, join Catskill Center staff and special guests for a unique storytime experience under the trees on our beautiful, fully accessible nature trail. Each week children will enjoy stories, songs and hands-on nature activities on a different theme inspired by the local environment. Recommended for ages 3-7, but all are welcome. Children must attend with an adult caregiver. 
 

Making Connections
Jun
27
3:30 pm15:30

Making Connections

Does a beetle play a role in the life of a black bear? Find out how different species of plants and animals influence each other in ways you might not have thought about. This program is free and open to the public. No advance registration required. Presented by  SCA’s Excelsior Conservation Corps.

Going Out on a (Tree) Limb
Jun
25
1:30 pm13:30

Going Out on a (Tree) Limb

What do trees do? How do they make food? How do they get water? What are the parts of a tree? We'll explore these questions with a series of hands-on games and activities and discover the secrets behind the bark. This program is free and open to the public. No advance registration required. Presented by SCA’s Excelsior Conservation Corps. 

Tree Pose - Outdoor Beginner Yoga Class
Jun
25
10:30 am10:30

Tree Pose - Outdoor Beginner Yoga Class

  • Catskill Interpretive Center

Practice your balance and build strength in this outdoor beginner yoga class. Breathe in the fresh air and stretch your body. All abilities invited, mat is optional on the grass. This class is free and open to the public. No registration required. Presented by SCA’s Excelsior Conservation Corps.

Outdoors Looking Inward - Beginner Meditation
Jun
24
10:00 am10:00

Outdoors Looking Inward - Beginner Meditation

  • Catskill Interpretive Center

Find your inner peace in this outdoor beginner meditation class. All are welcome, no experience in meditation is necessary. Come to clear your mind and enjoy the sounds of nature. Bring something comfortable to sit on, if desired. This class is free and open to the public. No registration required. Presented by SCA’s Excelsior Conservation Corps.

Book Fair 2017
Jun
24
10:00 am10:00

Book Fair 2017

  • Catskill Interpretive Center

Join dozens of local book publishers, authors, poets, children’s book writers and illustrators at the
Second Annual Catskill Interpretive Center Book Fair

Ready or Not: Black Bears in the Catskills!
Jun
15
7:00 pm19:00

Ready or Not: Black Bears in the Catskills!

  • Catskill Interpretive Center

Black bear populations have been increasing in New York State since the early 1900s. Bears are a magnificent part of the natural world, and populations of healthy bears are indicative of a healthy forest ecosystem. But with more bears come more opportunities for bear-human conflicts, which peak in the Catskills each year in June. Join NYSDEC Senior Wildlife Biologist Matt Merchant for a fascinating talk on black bear biology and behavior, and learn how to best prevent conflicts with bears on the hiking trail and in your own backyard.

Invasive Species ID and iMapInvasives Training
Jun
3
10:00 am10:00

Invasive Species ID and iMapInvasives Training

  • Catskill Interpretive Center

Join New York’s invasive species early detection network by learning how to use iMapInvasives, an online mapping system shared by citizen scientists, educators, and natural resource professionals. You can even use your smartphone to report new findings. The NY Natural Heritage Program will offer a free session on June 3rd, 2017 at the Catskill Interpretive Center, with beginner and advanced levels, plus identification sessions at some of the locations. Visit www.nyimapinvasives.org for schedule details and registration, and contact imapinvasives@nynhp.org with general questions. Bring a brown bag lunch.

Mutual Muses in the Catskills: How Art Gets Made
May
27
1:00 pm13:00

Mutual Muses in the Catskills: How Art Gets Made

  • Catskill Interpretive Center

Art writer Simona David will discuss her latest book How Art Is Made: In the Catskills (2017), and converse with some of the world’s most accomplished artists who live and work in the Catskills, the place where American art was born.

Bird Walk with Andy Mason
May
14
8:00 am08:00

Bird Walk with Andy Mason

Andy Mason of the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Soc. will lead a bird walk at the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mt. Tremper.  The walk will explore a mix of Catskill habitats including  forest, open land and streamside.  

SPRING BIRDS IN THE CATSKILLS
May
10
6:30 pm18:30

SPRING BIRDS IN THE CATSKILLS

Join Andy Mason of Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, for a presentation on spring birds in the Catskills.  The program will cover bird species expected to be seen at this time of year and through the summer in the region. 

Join Andy again on Sunday morning, May 14th, for an 8AM bird walk at the CIC.

Wetlands - Mitigation and Restoration
May
6
10:00 am10:00

Wetlands - Mitigation and Restoration

Keeping our waterways healthy by creating vegetative buffers and Rain-Gardens that are attractive to pollinators, birds and people.  Come join us for a slide presentation as well as an outdoor stroll to learn more about how we can enhance and improvethe quality of our streams and lakes. 

I Love My Park Day
May
6
9:00 am09:00

I Love My Park Day

Help plant trees and shrubs along a new section of accessible trail as well as participate in invasive species pulling and control. All ages welcome.

April 27 - Explore the Trails of the Catskill Interpretive Center with Catskill Center Executive Director Jeff Senterman
Apr
27
6:00 pm18:00

April 27 - Explore the Trails of the Catskill Interpretive Center with Catskill Center Executive Director Jeff Senterman

  • Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center

Join the Catskill Center's Executive Director, Jeff Senterman at the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center (CIC) for a walk with on the site's trail network. There are three short trails on site: An approximately 1/2 mile long, level loop trail around the perimeter of the site (also built to ADA accessibility standards); An approximately 1/4 mile long trail that climbs to a bluff overlooking the CIC; and an approximately 1/2 mile long trail that goes to the bank of the Esopus River. Depending on group size, ability and weather conditions, we'll do our best to cover all three trails.

Catskill Waters
Apr
4
6:04 pm18:04

Catskill Waters

If you have stories to tell, knowledge to share, and creative talents to employ regarding Catskill Waters and the NYC Water Supply, please come to one of our three information sessions and join us on our journey!

March 16 - Catskill Cuisine with Chef Rob Handel: Identifying Edible Spring Greens of The Catskills
Mar
13
2:00 pm14:00

March 16 - Catskill Cuisine with Chef Rob Handel: Identifying Edible Spring Greens of The Catskills

Join us the evening of Thursday, March 16th to prepare for the spring flush of wild edible greens with chef and forager Rob Handel from Heather Ridge Farm and The Bees Knees Café in Preston Hollow. In his presentation Rob will highlight some of the wild edible greens common in the Catskills and how to identify them. Possible lookalikes, other identification resources, and simple ways to utilize them will be discussed. The presentation will be followed with a Q&A session and samples of foods prepared with some of the greens mentioned. Tickets $15 per person. Registration required