Outdoors Day 2019

Saturday, June 8  -  10am-3pm 

 at the Catskills Visitor Center - 5096 State Route 28, Mount Tremper, NY

The Catskills Visitor Center is one of 10 sites across New York  hosting Outdoors Day in partnership with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation as part of the Governor’s Adventure NY Initiative. This free open house event will allow visitors to try out many outdoor recreation activities, and to learn from staff and local experts. Enjoy a variety of scheduled walks and programs, plus ongoing tables and hands-on activities from local organizations, all celebrating being outdoors in the beautiful Catskills!

 

 

Outdoors Day 2019 - Detailed Event Schedule

 

Ongoing tables & activities:

  • Archery Demonstrations with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

  • Local hiking info - Catskill Mountain Club

  • Bear Safety/Education - Emily Carrollo, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

  • Outdoor information and hiking boot demonstration - Lenny Busanich, Campmor

  • Camping demo & “Ask a Guide” table - Jessica Tackett, Destination Backcountry Adventure

  • Leave No Trace / Stewardship - Catskill Center

  • Nature Exploration Tables - Catskills Visitor Center

  • Backyard Bass Fishing Game & Casting Practice - Catskills Visitor Center

  • Catskills nature, history and culture exhibits inside the CVC

Scheduled Activities:  

9:30-11:30 - Hike the Tanbark Trail with the Catskill Mountain Club
Meet at the Catskills Visitor Center to travel to the Tan Bark trailhead for a hike of 2 miles, moderately paced, with two scenic viewpoints of the Phoenicia/Mt. Tremper region. Hike guided by Wendell George, Executive Director of the Catskill Mountain Club. Bring a bottle of water with you and sturdy hiking shoes. If possible, please register in advance by e-mailing wendell@catskillmountainclub.org.

10:30am-11:30 am - Discovery Walk: Birdwatching
Join Catskills Visitor Center staff member Olivia Bernard for a beginner birding walk as we explore the Visitor Center’s nature trails looking for both resident and migrating species. A small number of binoculars will be available to share, however if you have your own please bring them! At the start of the walk we’ll go over binocular use and focusing, and talk about some of the resources you can use to identify bird species when you venture outdoors. After the walk, stay for a Catskills geology walk, talks, and activities. Rain or shine, all ages welcome! If you have any questions leading up to the event e-mail obernard@catskillcenter.org or call the CVC at (845) 688-3369.

12:00pm - 12:45 pm - Geology Walk #1 with Steve “The Dirtmeister” Tomecek
Explore the trails of the Catskills Visitor Center as you take a trip back in time with Geologist and National Geographic author, Steve “The Dirtmeister” Tomecek. You’ll discover how to “read the rocks”and learn about the geological history of the region and some of the amazing changers that have happened here over the past 400 million years! Following the program, Steve will be hanging out at the Center’s gift shop to answer questions and sign copies of some of the books that he has written for Nat Geo including Everything Rocks & Minerals, Dirt, and his latest title, Dirtmeister’s Nitty Gritty Planet Earth. Proceeds from the sale of the books will go to support the CVC.

12:00pm-1:15pm - Yoga and Meditative Walk with Pamela Martin
Join us at the Catskills Visitor Center pavilion for a mixed level yoga class from 12-12:45 followed by a short, meditative walk on our nature trails. Led by Pamela Martin, certified yoga instructor from Pine Hill Studio. Some mats will be provided. Please bring water, sunscreen, and bug spray if needed.

1:00pm - 2:00pm - Robinsons’ Birds of Prey Show
Don’t miss this special event! We’ll be joined by the Robinson family and their four special guests - a hawk, turkey vulture, large owl, and a falcon. Learn about the birds’ adaptations, the importance of these birds in the balance of nature, and how people have helped to restore endangered species like the peregrine falcon. Meet these fascinating birds up close, see them eat lunch, and feel the wind from their wings over your head during a flight demonstration.

2:00pm - 3:00pm - Streamwatch at the Esopus Creek
Katie Palm from Catskill Center will lead this fascinating exploration of the Esopus Creek ecosystem. Come learn to identify macroinvertebrates and find out how to determine if a stream is healthy. All ages, free. 

3:00pm - 3:45 pm - Geology Walk #2 with Steve “The Dirtmeister” Tomecek
Explore the trails of the Catskills Visitor Center as you take a trip back in time with Geologist and National Geographic author, Steve “The Dirtmeister” Tomecek. You’ll discover how to “read the rocks”and learn about the geological history of the region and some of the amazing changers that have happened here over the past 400 million years! Following the program, Steve will be hanging out at the Center’s gift shop to answer questions and sign copies of some of the books that he has written for Nat Geo including Everything Rocks & Minerals, Dirt, and his latest title, Dirtmeister’s Nitty Gritty Planet Earth. Proceeds from the sale of the books will go to support the CVC.
 

PLUS visit nearby Kenneth L Wilson State Park for more activities including fishing, paddling, camping and container gardening!

 

Visitor info: 


Outdoors Day will take place on the beautiful 62-acre property of the Catskills Visitor Center - 5096 State Route 28, Mount Tremper, NY (between Boiceville and Phoenicia). There is convenient parking, and the visitors center, grounds, and loop and creek trails are accessible and stroller-friendly. There are indoor bathrooms located in the visitors center, and wifi is also available there. 

There will be refreshments for sale at the event, and additional snacks and drinks are also available inside the visitors center. Visitors are also welcome to bring their own picnics to enjoy in our outdoor pavilion or out on the grounds of the CVC. 

There is no charge to attend Outdoors Day or participate in any of the activities or workshops, but donations to support the continued programs and operation of the Catskills Visitor Center are always welcomed and gratefully appreciated. 

For more information please contact the CVC at 845-688-3369 or info@catskillcenter.org.