Esopus Creek Fish and Fly Fishing Demonstration
Sep
20
10:00 AM10:00

Esopus Creek Fish and Fly Fishing Demonstration

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Part of Ashokan Watershed Month, join Scott George of the USGS speaking about the Esopus Creek fishery, and Mark Loete of Trout Unlimited speaking about fly fishing on the Esopus. Learn all about fish and fly fishing with a presentation inside the Visitor Center, then join us outside to the lawn to try you hand at a fly fishing demonstration.

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LITTLE ONE AND THE WATER BOOK LAUNCH WITH WILL LYTLE (THORNEATER COMICS)
Sep
22
4:00 PM16:00

LITTLE ONE AND THE WATER BOOK LAUNCH WITH WILL LYTLE (THORNEATER COMICS)

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Come and join us at the Catskills Visitor Center for the launch of Little One and the Water, a children’s illustrated book from author Will Lytle (Thorneater Comics). Also on display: Portraits and Stories, a series of paper silhouette profiles of the watershed residents, created by Jenny Lee Fowler. They will be displayed with matching audio recordings of the sitters’ stories.

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Catskill Mountain Kids - Fall Session
Oct
10
11:00 AM11:00

Catskill Mountain Kids - Fall Session

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Stay tuned for details on this week’s program! Catskill Mountain Kids is a year-round weekly daytime program series that celebrates the nature, history and culture of the Catskills. Each session will include some focused learning time, hands-on activities, and outdoor exploration. The program is geared for ages 4-7 but all are welcome. Please dress for the weather/being outside and the possibility of getting messy.

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Catskill Mountain Kids - Fall Session
Oct
17
11:00 AM11:00

Catskill Mountain Kids - Fall Session

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Stay tuned for details on this week’s program! Catskill Mountain Kids is a year-round weekly daytime program series that celebrates the nature, history and culture of the Catskills. Each session will include some focused learning time, hands-on activities, and outdoor exploration. The program is geared for ages 4-7 but all are welcome. Please dress for the weather/being outside and the possibility of getting messy.

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Catskill Mountain Kids - Fall Session
Oct
24
11:00 AM11:00

Catskill Mountain Kids - Fall Session

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Stay tuned for details on this week’s program! Catskill Mountain Kids is a year-round weekly daytime program series that celebrates the nature, history and culture of the Catskills. Each session will include some focused learning time, hands-on activities, and outdoor exploration. The program is geared for ages 4-7 but all are welcome. Please dress for the weather/being outside and the possibility of getting messy.

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Catskill Mountain Kids - Fall Session
Oct
31
11:00 AM11:00

Catskill Mountain Kids - Fall Session

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Stay tuned for details on this week’s program! Catskill Mountain Kids is a year-round weekly daytime program series that celebrates the nature, history and culture of the Catskills. Each session will include some focused learning time, hands-on activities, and outdoor exploration. The program is geared for ages 4-7 but all are welcome. Please dress for the weather/being outside and the possibility of getting messy.

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Catskill Mountain Kids - Fall Session
Nov
7
11:00 AM11:00

Catskill Mountain Kids - Fall Session

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Stay tuned for details on this week’s program! Catskill Mountain Kids is a year-round weekly daytime program series that celebrates the nature, history and culture of the Catskills. Each session will include some focused learning time, hands-on activities, and outdoor exploration. The program is geared for ages 4-7 but all are welcome. Please dress for the weather/being outside and the possibility of getting messy.

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Catskill Mountain Kids - Fall Session
Nov
14
11:00 AM11:00

Catskill Mountain Kids - Fall Session

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Stay tuned for details on this week’s program! Catskill Mountain Kids is a year-round weekly daytime program series that celebrates the nature, history and culture of the Catskills. Each session will include some focused learning time, hands-on activities, and outdoor exploration. The program is geared for ages 4-7 but all are welcome. Please dress for the weather/being outside and the possibility of getting messy.

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Family Day at the Catskills Visitor Center
Aug
31
10:00 AM10:00

Family Day at the Catskills Visitor Center

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Bring the whole family for this full day of kid-centered fun in the beautiful Catskill Mountains.

All-Day Activities

Hula Hooping Lessons with Small Tribe Hoops
Tie-Dying with Catskill Center Staff
Eco-Friendly Arts and Crafts with local artist Star Nigro
Crafts Making with Water Tower Artist Ronnie Farley
Art Exhibits

Scheduled Events

11am Tree Identification Booklet Making with Visitor Center staff

1pm "The Carrot Salesman" Puppet Show with Paper Hearts Puppets

12-2pm Native American Ceremony and Sign Dedication with Ramapough Lunaape Nation Chief and Tribe Member

Come with snacks and clothes you don't mind getting dirty, explore our nature trails and make a cool craft to take home!


Photo by John McDaniel

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Catskill Mountain Kids - Studying Streams
Aug
29
11:00 AM11:00

Catskill Mountain Kids - Studying Streams

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Come to our last Catskill Mountain Kids program of the summer to learn all about stream health by studying the living creatures in a stream. Please wear water shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting wet!

Catskill Mountain Kids is a year-round weekly daytime program series that celebrates the nature, history and culture of the Catskills. Each session will include some focused learning time, hands-on activities, and outdoor exploration. The program is geared for ages 4-7 but all are welcome. Please dress for the weather/being outside and the possibility of getting messy.

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Leave No Trace: Authority of the Resource Workshop
Aug
26
1:00 PM13:00

Leave No Trace: Authority of the Resource Workshop

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This 3-hour interactive presentation and discussion will focus on an introduction to the key elements of Leave No Trace and is open to everyone, specifically designed for agency employees, park partners, guide services, outfitters, park hosts, friends groups, volunteers, and other educators who educate the public. This event is free and open to the public.

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Catskill Mountain Kids - Leave No Trace for Kids
Aug
22
11:00 AM11:00

Catskill Mountain Kids - Leave No Trace for Kids

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Join us this week for a special program run by Catskills Stewards to talk all about how to be good stewards of the Catskills. Learn about Leave No Trace and fun ways to take good care of the Catskill Mountains!

Catskill Mountain Kids is a year-round weekly daytime program series that celebrates the nature, history and culture of the Catskills. Each session will include some focused learning time, hands-on activities, and outdoor exploration. The program is geared for ages 4-7 but all are welcome. Please dress for the weather/being outside and the possibility of getting messy.

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Catskill Mountain Kids: Outdoors Skills
Aug
15
11:00 AM11:00

Catskill Mountain Kids: Outdoors Skills

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Catskill Mountain Kids is a year-round weekly daytime program series that celebrates the nature, history and culture of the Catskills. Each session will include some focused learning time, hands-on activities, and outdoor exploration. The program is geared for ages 4-7 but all are welcome. Please dress for the weather/being outside and the possibility of getting messy.

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Catskill Mountain Kids - Geology Walk
Aug
8
11:00 AM11:00

Catskill Mountain Kids - Geology Walk

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This week our guest instructor for Catskill Mountain Kids is Steve “The DIrtmeister” Tomecek, geologist and writer of kid-friendly science for National Geographic! Join us for a great geology lesson and insight into the Catskills. He’ll take us on a walk of the trails talking about how Catskills geology took shape and continues to form today.

Catskill Mountain Kids is a year-round weekly daytime program series that celebrates the nature, history and culture of the Catskills. Each session will include some focused learning time, hands-on activities, and outdoor exploration. The program is geared for ages 4-7 but all are welcome. Please dress for the weather/being outside and the possibility of getting messy.

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Catskill Mountain Kids - Kids Yoga
Aug
1
11:30 AM11:30

Catskill Mountain Kids - Kids Yoga

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Join local yoga instructor Pamela Martin (owner of Pine Hill Studios) on a short yoga class in the outdoors, followed by a walk and some meditative kid-friendly activities. Note, program will begin and end 30 minutes later than usual time.

Catskill Mountain Kids is a year-round weekly daytime program series that celebrates the nature, history and culture of the Catskills. Each session will include some focused learning time, hands-on activities, and outdoor exploration. The program is geared for ages 4-7 but all are welcome. Please dress for the weather/being outside and the possibility of getting messy.

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Catskill Mountain Kids - Meet a Forest Ranger
Jul
25
11:00 AM11:00

Catskill Mountain Kids - Meet a Forest Ranger

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Join us this week as welcome two Catskills Park Rangers to the Visitor Center! Learn what it’s like to be a Ranger with show and tell of equipment and uniforms and take a walk on the trails to learn more about the Park and the species and wildlife Rangers help to protect.

Catskill Mountain Kids is a year-round weekly daytime program series that celebrates the nature, history and culture of the Catskills. Each session will include some focused learning time, hands-on activities, and outdoor exploration. The program is geared for ages 4-7 but all are welcome. Please dress for the weather/being outside and the possibility of getting messy.

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Catskill Mountain Kids - How to Be a Good Steward
Jul
18
11:00 AM11:00

Catskill Mountain Kids - How to Be a Good Steward

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Join us this week for a special program run by Catskills Stewards to talk all about how to be good stewards of the Catskills. Learn about Leave No Trace and fun ways to take good care of the Catskill Mountains!

Catskill Mountain Kids is a year-round weekly daytime program series that celebrates the nature, history and culture of the Catskills. Each session will include some focused learning time, hands-on activities, and outdoor exploration. The program is geared for ages 4-7 but all are welcome. Please dress for the weather/being outside and the possibility of getting messy.

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Discovery Walk: Nature Writing
Jul
13
11:00 AM11:00

Discovery Walk: Nature Writing

Join us for our first Discovery Walk of summer at the Catskills Visitor Center as we spend some time walking and enjoying the nature trails here and then getting inspired with some journaling exercises. No nature writing experience required, just a willingness to try! Paper and pens will be provided, bringing your own favorite journal suggested.

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Catskill Mountain Kids - Trees
Jul
11
11:00 AM11:00

Catskill Mountain Kids - Trees

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This week for the first session of Catskill Mountain Kids, we’re studying trees! Come to the Center to learn about different kinds of leaves, what to look for when identifying trees, and make your own mini tree field guides.

Catskill Mountain Kids is a year-round weekly daytime program series that celebrates the nature, history and culture of the Catskills. Each session will include some focused learning time, hands-on activities, and outdoor exploration. The program is geared for ages 4-7 but all are welcome. Please dress for the weather/being outside and the possibility of getting messy.

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Catskill Mountain Story Festival
Jun
15
10:00 AM10:00

Catskill Mountain Story Festival

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Join us at the Catskills Visitor Center for the Catskill Mountain Story Festival, a celebration of the past, present and future of writing and storytelling in the Catskills. Enjoy performances and panels, meet acclaimed authors, see what's new from local small presses, engage with local libraries and nonprofits, and share your own stories of the Catskills. There will be performers and activities for all ages, so bring the whole family and spend the day! Stay tuned for more details as the date gets closer.   

Logo artwork by Paper Wolf Design

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Discovery Walks: Spring Birding
Jun
8
10:30 AM10:30

Discovery Walks: Spring Birding

As part of Outdoors Day, join us at the Catskills Visitor Center on Saturday, June 8th from 10:30 to 11:30 for our third spring Discovery Walk. This week our topic is birding for beginners as we explore the Visitor Center’s nature trails finding resident and migrating species.

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Outdoors Day
Jun
8
10:00 AM10:00

Outdoors Day

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DEC and NYS Parks is offering an Outdoors Day on June 8, 2019, from 10 AM to 3 PM at multiple sites across New York State, as part of Governor Cuomo's Adventure NY initiative. This free, open house event will allow visitors to try out many outdoor recreation activities, and learn techniques from DEC and Parks staff, local organizations and experts.  Come celebrate Outdoors Day with us at the Catskills Visitor Center! We will have a wide range of outdoor demos and activities for all ages. Click the link below for our schedule of planned walks and events for the day.

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Evening Yoga & Trail Walk
May
10
5:00 PM17:00

Evening Yoga & Trail Walk

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As part of Healthy Ulster County Week, join a 200-hour certified yoga instructor for a yoga/movement class and a walk on the Catskills Visitor Center nature trail (5096 State Route 28, Mt. Tremper, NY 12457). A small number of mats provided, however please bring your own mat if you have one! Beginner level yoga and hike. All ages and abilities welcome, over 10 years recommended.

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I Love My Park Day at the Catskills Visitor Center
May
4
9:00 AM09:00

I Love My Park Day at the Catskills Visitor Center

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Show your love for the Catskills! Volunteers are invited and encouraged to participate in the “I Love My Park Day” event held within the Catskill Forest Preserve at the Catskills Visitor Center. Volunteers at this event will plant trees, 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 lunch, water and snacks. All ages are welcome. Pre-registration will open in April - keep an eye on https://www.ptny.org/events/i-love-my-park-day for more details.

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Catskill Mountain Kids - Fishing
Apr
25
11:00 AM11:00

Catskill Mountain Kids - Fishing

This week for Catskill Mountain Kids our topic is fishing! Learn about local Catskills fish species and practice casting a fishing line on the Catskills Visitor Center grounds.

Catskill Mountain Kids is a year-round weekly daytime program series that celebrates the nature, history and culture of the Catskills. Each session will include some focused learning time, hands-on activities, and outdoor exploration. The program is geared for ages 4-7 but all are welcome. Please dress for the weather/being outside and the possibility of getting messy.

Photo by Naomi Nishimura

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Catskill Mountain Kids - Map & Compass Navigation
Apr
18
11:00 AM11:00

Catskill Mountain Kids - Map & Compass Navigation

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This week it’s a kid-sized lesson in map & compass navigation out on our beautiful (and easy/stroller friendly) nature trails! Catskill Mountain Kids is a year-round weekly daytime program series that celebrates the nature, history and culture of the Catskills. Each session will include some focused learning time, hands-on activities, and outdoor exploration. The program is geared for ages 4-7 but all are welcome. Please dress for the weather/being outside and the possibility of getting messy.

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Discovery Walks: Animal Tracks and Traces
Apr
13
11:00 AM11:00

Discovery Walks: Animal Tracks and Traces

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Animals like bobcats, fishers, and bears leave tracks and traces if only we have the knowledge to spot them! Join us for our first Discovery Walk of spring with NYSDEC Wildlife Technician Emily Carrollo as she takes us on a walk to track and identify Catskills wildlife. Come to learn some helpful tips to continue identifying animals whether you’re at home in your backyard or out on the trails in the Catskill Park!

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Catskill Mountain Kids - Seeds
Apr
11
11:00 AM11:00

Catskill Mountain Kids - Seeds

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This week’s program is all about seeds! Catskill Mountain Kids is a year-round weekly daytime program series that celebrates the nature, history and culture of the Catskills. Each session will include some focused learning time, hands-on activities, and outdoor exploration. The program is geared for ages 4-7 but all are welcome. Please dress for the weather/being outside and the possibility of getting messy.

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