The Catskill Interpretive Center Team
The Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center is a partnership between the Catskill Center and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
The Catskill Center is responsible for the management and operations of the Catskill Interpretive Center. The Catskill Center, led by a volunteer Board of Directors has an Executive Director and staff that focuses on the work at the Interpretive Center and on the other programs and activities of the Catskill Center (learn more) throughout the Catskill region.
Generous financial support is provided by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and Catskill Watershed Corporation with generous staff and volunteer support from Catskill Mountainkeeper, Catskill Mountain Club, Catskill 3500 Club, and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.
Staff at the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center include:
Sarah McGinnis, Catskill Interpretive Center Director
Phone: (845) 688-3369
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Sarah has a background in publicity and marketing for socially-minded small companies, nonprofits, and individuals in the arts and entertainment industry.
She has also served as a sustainability consultant on film and commercial sets in New York City and beyond, working with production teams to reduce waste, conserve resources, and give back to local communities. A rare opportunity to run a historic bed & breakfast brought her family back upstate to the Catskills, and the natural beauty, rich culture, and vibrant small towns soon convinced them to settle down here for good. Sarah brings to the Catskill Interpretive Center a passion for sustainable tourism and community-building. She enjoys hiking, photography, fiber arts, and exploring the Catskills and Hudson River Valley with her husband and children
Jennifer Muck-Dietrich, Visitor Services Associate
Jennifer has a background in art history and museum studies and a strong interest in American history and tourism. After relocating to the Hudson Valley in 1997, she and her husband purchased a 15-acre farm complete with an 1850's farmhouse. There they have raised a daughter surrounded by a menagerie of colorful chickens, geese and ducks. They produce and sell seasonal, organic vegetables, small grains and honey. As a board member of the Ulster County Historical Society and on staff at the Catskill Interpretive Center, Jennifer works to promote the Catskills through its amazing history, farming and the breathtaking nature that surrounds her.
Collin Adkins, Visitor Services Associate
A long-time nature and wildlife enthusiast, Collin has developed a connection to the Catskills while earning his M.S. in Environmental Policy from the Bard Center for Environmental Policy where he was awarded the Aldo Leopold Award for leadership through community service. As a two-term AmeriCorps member, he has focused his early career around creating local and equitable solutions to environmental challenges.
Collin comes to the Catskill Interpretive Center with an interdisciplinary background in Environmental Science and Policy and experience in land conservation, environmental education, and natural resources management. A resident of Saugerties, Collin spends many an evening and weekend getting out of doors and into the Catskills camping, birding, hiking, snowboarding, and studying plants and animals, usually with his camera. He spends the rest of his free time volunteering with the Northeast Wildlife Trackers and spending time with family and loved ones.
Richard Henning, Visitor Services Associate
As a child, Richard Hennings's family had a log cabin on the slope of Overlook Mountain near Woodstock and he went there every summer for many years becoming attached to the region. He learned how to hike, identify trees, and about the night sky which was way darker than at home in New Jersey, In 1979 He moved here full time and went on to climb most of major mountains and develop an interest in birding. Richard joined the Catskill Interpretive Center in 2016 as a part time visitor associate and staffs the center on the weekends. Richard holds an Bachelor's and Master's degree in Environmental Science from Rutgers University with an emphasis on water quality. Richard is a past member of the Ulster County Environmental Management Council and the Town of Olive Conservation Advisory Committee.