Join dozens of local book publishers, authors, poets, children’s book writers and illustrators at the
Second Annual Catskill Interpretive Center Book Fair
Join dozens of local book publishers, authors, poets, children’s book writers and illustrators at the
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
we’ll gently trek the grounds at the Catskill Center’s Interpretive Center in Mt. Tremper and intimately connect with the trees and plants. We’ll learn about their traditional uses as a food and as medicine and some ways we can integrate their benefits today. Also learn about forest bathing, reciprocal breathing, tree and flower gazing techniques for everyday living wellness and a global woodland network that is caring for our trees. Then we’ll sit, talk and taste 4 types of wild foods and drink. The recipes will be shared along with abounding electronic handouts.
Meet the author Leslie Sharpe as she talks about her reflections on the private lives of the wild critters of the Catskills, from birds to moths to wild deer as told in her new book The Quarry Fox: And Other Critters of the Wild Catskills
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.
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.
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)
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with general questions. Bring a brown bag lunch.
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.
With maps, photos and graphics we’ll explore the idea: Was observational astronomy practiced by ancient native populations in northeast America, with observations preserved in manmade and natural landscape features?
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.
Alan Via promises interesting slides that will include scenery, flora, animals, birds on around seldom visited terrain with stories and tales, mostly true.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
In the middle 1800's there were many tanning mills scattered about the Catskills. Hides were brought from as far away as South America to be turned into leather.Join Paul Misko as he tells this story.
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
With Will Soter - 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....
The Catskill Center is pleased to announce a Call for Art for sculpture which will be displayed at the outdoor sculpture park at the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center (CIC), located on Route 28. Art selected by the jury will be on display for one year beginning in early July.
With Will Soter -
Although Leave No Trace has its roots in backcountry and wilderness, the practices have been adapted so that they can be applied anywhere - from the backcountry, to local parks, to your backyard - and for any recreational activity. Each Principle covers a specific topic and provides detailed information for minimizing impacts.
Join Ken Posner for a talk on New York's greatest trail, the 358-mile Long Path which stretches from New York City all the way to Thacher State Park outside Albany, along the way crossing through some of the Hudson Valley's most magical spots including the Palisades, Harriman, Shawangunks, Catskills, and the Schoharie Valley. The presentation will feature the history of the Long Path, including the voice of historical figures like Walt Whitman and John Burroughs, landscape images by award-winning photographer Steve Aaron, discussion of planning and gear, and some of Ken's adventures during his 2013 record-setting thru-run of the trail.
Come join us for a spectacular photo tour celebrating the 100th anniversary of American’s National Parks on Saturday, December 10th. The photographic journey begins in Acadia National Park, then heads west, with photos of animals, birds, and flowers set in spectacular mountain settings in the southwest, northwest and west. Photos are from Alan Via’s many trips and from some of his photographer friends.
After 168 days, 2189.10 miles, 14 states, and three pairs of boots, I have successfully completed my thru hike of the Appalachian Trail. Simply put, I walked from Georgia to Maine. It was both the most difficult thing I have ever attempted and one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. It is not an exaggeration to say that this trip has truly has changed my life. On my journey I met amazing people, experienced trail magic and tested and expanded my own horizons. I created an online community where I was able to bring family, friends and even complete strangers along on my hike with stories, videos and photos from the journey in real time. I also helped to protect my home and the region I love, the Catskills as part of my trip by raising awareness and supporting the Catskill Center's work to preserve and protect the Catskill Park. I will be recounting my Appalachian Trail thru hike through my photos, stories, and videos.
The Mid Atlantic Regional Seed Bank wants you to help conserve our native plants! Join Ash Collection Manager, Molly Marquand to learn about emerald ash borer, the decline of ash trees, and how this rapid change in our forest is impacting other important native plant species.
Please join us for a talk with Stephen Long, author of Thirty-Eight.
A hurricane will never surprise us again. But that’s just what happened to the people of Long Island and New England on September 21, 1938.
In 1938, not a single living person had ever experienced a hurricane in New England. The previous one had been so long before that people in the Northeast believed that hurricanes only happened down south. Florida, Texas, maybe North Carolina. Not New Hampshire. Then, without warning, the most destructive weather event to ever hit the Northeast blasted its way through all the way to Quebec.
For the Love of Rivers, the forthcoming book from renowned ecologist, Dr. Kurt Fausch, that weaves insights from a career immersed in the ecology of rivers with poignant reflections on the deeper significance of these waters to humanity, and their ultimate fate in our future. For the Love of Rivers is a book that will inspire and enlighten anyone with a personal or professional connection to rivers, water, and conservation. www.fortheloveofrivers.com.
Photographer Howard Harrison conducts a photography workshop, Power to Your Pictures on Saturday, October 15 from 10 AM – 4 PM at the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center. The workshop will run from 10 AM - 4 PM with a break for lunch. The workshop fee is $65 and pre-registration is requested by contacting Katie Palm at email@example.com or calling (845) 586-2611.
Photo: The Sky's the Limit copyright Howard Harrison
You are cordially invited to a very special evening to support the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center
Sunday, October 9th, 5-8 pm
5096 Route 28 Mt. Tremper, NY 12457
Enjoy an evening of delicious local fare, libations, music and more.
Hope to see you there!
ress: Catskills Formal
A Lark In The Park Event - from 2PM-3PM and again 4PM - 5PM
Find out more about the hiking trails and multiple purpose trails (“rail trails”) that criss-cross and connect the mountains and valleys of the Catskill Park and share information about your favorite hikes and places to visit in the Catskills.
The 13th Annual Lark in the Park will offer exciting hiking, paddling, cycling, fishing, nature walks and lectures as well as cultural and educational events throughout the entire Catskill region. From Saturday, October 1st through Monday, the 10th, you can enjoy dozens of outdoor activities during the 10-day Lark celebration, sponsored by the Catskill Center, New York – New Jersey Trail Conference, Catskill Mountain Club, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Learn about Catskill geology, history, plant life, forest management and threats, and what it took to create the trail you will walk.
Join us for a look at some of the reptiles of the Catskills, other parts of the US, Mexico and Central America. Russell Walker will give an introduction into the world of these beautiful, fascinating, often misunderstood, under appreciated, integral parts of our natural world. We will explore the habitat, adaptations and general natural history of some of the snakes, lizards and turtles of these areas.
Join the 2016 Hudson River Valley Ramble at the Catskill Interpretive Center. The riparian demonstration project at the Catskill Interpretive Center shows how a disturbed stream side forest will be restored using native plants.
Join the 2016 Hudson River Valley Ramble at the Catskill Interpretive Center. Come and learn about the Winne family and farming in the Esopus valley from colonial times until the middle of the 20th century.