Spring Open House
Apr
28
10:00 AM10:00

Spring Open House

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Come out to the Catskill Interpretive Center to learn more about the great opportunities to get outside in the Catskills this spring with members of the NY State Outdoor Guides Association and Catskill Center staff. 

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I Love My Park Day
May
5
9:00 AM09:00

I Love My Park Day

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Volunteers are invited and encouraged to participate in the “I Love My Park Day” event held within the Catskill Forest Preserve at the Catskill Interpretive Center. Volunteers at this event will plant trees, work in the rain garden, install riparian vegetation, help with the removal of invasive species, and partake in some light trail maintenance. Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing and footwear for planting activities and bring water, snacks, and garden gloves. All ages are welcome. 

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Catskills Great Outdoor Expo
May
5
10:00 AM10:00

Catskills Great Outdoor Expo

Join CIC staff for a day in Kingston celebrating the outdoors! Come to The Catskills Great Outdoors Expo and learn about all the best the Catskills have to offer in hiking, paddling, bicycling, and all outdoor recreation activities in this one-day Expo with dozens of exhibitors, expert presentations, free samples and raffles—plus the famous Catskill Center Gear Sale.

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Protecting Pollinators with Maraleen Manos-Jones
May
17
6:30 PM18:30

Protecting Pollinators with Maraleen Manos-Jones

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Maraleen Manos-Jones will lead an illustrated journey of metamorphosis, sharing updates on the flight and plight of the monarch butterfly and its migration. She will discuss the vital importance of providing habitat for butterflies and other pollinators, who are all in peril, and will offer garden tips and inspiring stories and ways for you to become a pollinator protector.

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Family Day!
May
27
10:00 AM10:00

Family Day!

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Free nature-themed outdoor fun for families with kids of all ages! Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a full day of hands-on activities, forest adventures and lots more - featuring a special afternoon performance by Arm of the Sea Theater! 

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Improving Habitat for Forest Birds - with CFA & Audubon NY
Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

Improving Habitat for Forest Birds - with CFA & Audubon NY

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Presented by the Catskill Forest Association. Learn about the habitat needs of a suite of forest birds, and how we can manage forests to provide quality habitat. Management recommendations to improve habitat will be discussed and can be applied to a variety of property sizes, including small woodlots. There will be an indoor presentation followed by outside tour and discussion of different bird habitats. 

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Get Outdoors Day
Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

Get Outdoors Day

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We're celebrating National Get Outdoors Day at the Catskill Interpretive Center! Catskill Center staff, local nonprofits and outdoor recreation experts will be on hand to share demos and hands-on activities geared especially for beginning explorers. From fly fishing and birdwatching to hiking and animal tracking - something for all interests and ages! The event is free but some activities will be limited to a certain number of participants and require pre-registration - stay tuned for a detailed schedule and information on how to sign up. 

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Catskill Mountains Book Festival
Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

Catskill Mountains Book Festival

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It's back! Join us for our third annual festival to celebrate reading and writing in the Catskills. Meet acclaimed authors and see what's new from local small presses; enjoy panels and presentations on the past, present and future of Catskills lit, and engage with local libraries, art and literacy groups to try your hand at creative writing, illustration, and bookmaking. There will be featured performers and activities for all ages - bring the family and spend the day! 

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To Be Forever Wild Screening with Director David Becker
Jul
13
7:00 PM19:00

To Be Forever Wild Screening with Director David Becker

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The late Rep. Maurice D. Hinchey once called To Be Forever Wild "an important and breathtaking film about one of the most beautiful places on earth—its sights, its wonders, its people. The film reminds us that the Catskill Mountains are a national treasure.” On Friday, July 13, at 7 p.m., the Catskill Interpretive Center is pleased to welcome Director David Becker, his film crew and surprise guests for a very special screening of To Be Forever Wild. The event is free and open to the public.

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Plein Air Artists Picnic
Jul
21
10:00 AM10:00

Plein Air Artists Picnic

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Bring your pencils and paints (or borrow ours!) and a picnic lunch, and join local artists on our beautiful 62-acres of forest, meadows and wetlands in the mountains to create art outdoors inspired by the landscape. This celebration of art and nature will also feature hands-on community art stations and special music, dance and theater performances. Free, all ages welcome! This event is part of the Shandaken Art Studio Tour, July 20-22, 2018.

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Art on the Trails
Mar
24
1:00 PM13:00

Art on the Trails

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Take in the natural beauty while you stroll along the Catskill Interpretive Center Sculpture Trail and enjoy opportunities to meet the artists, see live sculpture demos, and try your hand at creating your own nature-inspired works of art. 

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RiverWebs Film Screening with the AWSMP
Mar
15
6:00 PM18:00

RiverWebs Film Screening with the AWSMP

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Come out to the Catskill Interpretive Center for a screening of Riverwebs, an award-winning and important documentary on river ecosystems. Featured guest Leslie Zucker from the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program will share highlights of their work to protect stream health and water quality right here in our own community. 

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Owl Prowl
Mar
2
6:00 PM18:00

Owl Prowl

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Who-who's there? Join naturalist Collin Adkins for an evening walk in search of our nocturnal neighbors. We’ll wander from forest to field and try to call in a variety of owl species.

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Blue Moon Snow Frolic
Mar
1
7:00 PM19:00

Blue Moon Snow Frolic

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Join us on Thursday, March 1st at 7:00 PM for a moonlit adventure on the 1.5 miles of trails at the CIC. The full moon will be out early to light up the trails, the CIC will be open for hot chocolate and snacks, and there will be a cozy bonfire and telescopes for moongazing outside for everyone to enjoy.

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Aliens In Your Backyard  - Invasive Species in the Catskills
Feb
24
1:00 PM13:00

Aliens In Your Backyard - Invasive Species in the Catskills

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Dan Snider from the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP) will join us to share the basics on invasive plants and animals, how they impact our local environment, and what you can do to help in your own backyard and around your community. Enjoy a short presentation inside - and the chance to see real invasive pest specimens up close! - and then venture out on the nature trails with Dan to spot the invasive species currently making themselves at home right here at the CIC.

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Owl Prowl
Feb
23
6:00 PM18:00

Owl Prowl

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Who-who's there? Join naturalist Collin Adkins for an evening walk in search of our nocturnal neighbors. We’ll wander from forest to field and try to call in a variety of owl species.

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Vernon Benjamin on Maurice Hinchey and the New Consciousness in Environmental Thinking in New York
Feb
17
2:00 PM14:00

Vernon Benjamin on Maurice Hinchey and the New Consciousness in Environmental Thinking in New York

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We are pleased to welcome back to the Catskill Interpretive Center renowned author and historian Vernon Benjamin. Join us on Saturday February 17 at 2pm as he presents a brand-new program,  "Maurice Hinchey and the New Consciousness in Environmental Thinking in New York."

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Owl Prowl
Feb
16
6:00 PM18:00

Owl Prowl

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Who-who's there? Join naturalist Collin Adkins for an evening walk in search of our nocturnal neighbors. We’ll wander from forest to field and try to call in a variety of owl species.

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Owl Prowl
Feb
9
6:00 PM18:00

Owl Prowl

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Who-who's there? Join naturalist Collin Adkins for an evening walk in search of our nocturnal neighbors. We’ll wander from forest to field and try to call in a variety of owl species.

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Full Moon Ski/Snowshoe
Jan
30
6:00 PM18:00

Full Moon Ski/Snowshoe

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Join us on Tuesday, January 30, at 6:00 PM for a moonlit cross country ski excursion on the 1.5 miles of trails at the CIC. This Supermoon will be out early to light up the trails, the CIC will be open for hot chocolate and snacks, and there will be a cozy fire and telescopes for moongazing outside for everyone to enjoy.

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Winter Open House
Jan
27
11:00 AM11:00

Winter Open House

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Come out to the Catskill Interpretive Center to learn more about the great opportunities to get outside in the Catskills this winter with members of the NY State Outdoor Guides Association and CIC staff. Licensed Guides Will Soter & Alex Marra will lead short trail hikes, a map & compass treasure hunt for kids, and a campfire complete with hot beverages for all. Licensed Guide Dave DiCerbo will demonstrate lessons from his winter survival academy. And Collin Adkins, CIC staff member and Northeast Wildlife Trackers organizer, will lead animal tracking adventures for all ages.

 

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Meet the Catskill Stream Champions!
Dec
3
2:00 PM14:00

Meet the Catskill Stream Champions!

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Join the 4-H Catskill Stream Champions as they describe their work hiking in the Catskills this summer and fall. Their mission is to educate hikers about the Ashokan Watershed and the drinking water this land provides to millions of New Yorkers. They will be using an interactive Floodplain model to teach the important roles that wetlands play in maintaining stream health. A short hike on the trails at the CIC will follow where they will teach about good hiking practices that protect the land and therefore the watershed.

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Forest Pest Spotlight: Asian Longhorned Beetle Workshop
Oct
14
10:00 AM10:00

Forest Pest Spotlight: Asian Longhorned Beetle Workshop

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Join Catskill Center staff Saturday October 14th at 10 am for an educational forest pest workshop at the Catskill Interpretive Center! The morning will feature a short presentation spotlighting Asian Longhorned Beetle and touching on other high-priority pests like hemlock woolly adelgid, emerald ash borer, and oak wilt. After a quick BYO lunch at noon, invasive species experts will lead a walk around the property, identifying, discussing, and tagging host trees for the Asian Longhorned Beetle.

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Sep
29
12:00 PM12:00

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Phenology Training

In this training, join one of the New York State Hemlock Initiative’s experienced field technicians as they take you through the yearly phenology of hemlock woolly adelgid. Learn how to identify HWA in the field during any time of year, including just following their summer aestivation period. Learn about why it’s important to track the life cycle of HWA, and how you can help them find out more about HWA and hemlock conservation in your area.

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Children's Book Launch Party - Fred & the Lumberjack!
Sep
23
10:00 AM10:00

Children's Book Launch Party - Fred & the Lumberjack!

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Put on your best party flannel and join us to celebrate the launch of Fred & the Lumberjack, a brand-new picture book about loneliness, finding friendship in unexpected places, and plaid -- lots and lots of plaid. Our featured guest, local children's author/illustrator Steven Weinberg, will be here to read the story and share a glimpse into his drawing process. Pick up a signed copy of the book and enjoy lumberjack-style snacks and fun, then head out on our nature trail for a forest adventure of your own! 

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Catskill Conquest Pilot Rally - Route Stop
Sep
23
to Sep 24

Catskill Conquest Pilot Rally - Route Stop

The Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center is pleased to be a designated stop along the route of the Catskill Conquest Pilot Rally, the first of a planned series of events to commemorate the 1903 Historic Auto Endurance Run. More information to come. To register your own vehicle for the rally or for more information on enjoying the event as a spectator, visit www.1903autorun.com.

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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

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.

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Fall Family Day at the CIC!
Sep
2
10:00 AM10:00

Fall Family Day at the CIC!

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Outdoor fun for families with kids of all ages! Enjoy storytime under the trees, hands-on science programs, and art activities as you explore the Catskill Interpretive Center's beautiful, fully accessible nature trail. Activities include Make-Your-Own Animal Tracks, Rock Painting, Beginning Birdwatching, Family Hiking 101, Music of the Plants, Nature crafts and more! Click for complete schedule. 

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Rock Painting Workshop (All ages, Drop-In)
Sep
2
10:00 AM10:00

Rock Painting Workshop (All ages, Drop-In)

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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.

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Trail Tales Storytime
Aug
31
to Sep 28

Trail Tales Storytime

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Every Thursday morning from July through September, 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. 
 

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Rock Painting Workshop (All ages, Drop-In)
Aug
26
10:00 AM10:00

Rock Painting Workshop (All ages, Drop-In)

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  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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Trail Tales Storytime
Aug
24
10:30 AM10:30

Trail Tales Storytime

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. 
 

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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 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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Trail Tales Storytime
Aug
17
10:30 AM10:30

Trail Tales Storytime

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. 
 

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Mutual Muses in the Catskills: Performance and Poetry
Aug
12
1:00 PM13:00

Mutual Muses in the Catskills: Performance and Poetry

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. 

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Trail Tales Storytime
Aug
10
10:30 AM10:30

Trail Tales Storytime

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. 
 

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