The Catskill Center is dedicated to conservation in the Catskill Mountains and Catskill Park, and to creating opportunities for communities throughout the Catskill Region. Our unique balance of Regional Advocacy, Environmental Education, Promoting the Region, Arts & Culture programming, and Invasive Species work help to keep our region’s natural resources and communities vibrant.
Right Now At The Catskill Center
Join Guest of Honor Maurice D. Hinchey at the Joyful Catskill Gateway Gala! An evening of fun and renewal of friendships benefitting the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center – A Visitor’s Gateway to the Catskill Region. The Ashokan Center will be hosting the event, taking place on April 12, 2014. TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW! For information on purchasing tickets, please visit our Catskill Gateway Gala page or contact the Catskill Center by phone (845)586-2611. For more information on the Interpretive Center please visit our Catskill Interpretive Center page.
The Catskill Center awarded 3 scholarships to for students age 11-13 to attend NYSDEC’s Camp DeBruce this summer. Applications were received from Catskill Region students, who all participated in an essay contest. Each scholarship will cover the cost of 1 week at Camp DeBruce, including food, lodging, and activities. To find out more about the Camp DeBruce visit NYSDEC’s Camps Page. To contribute to the Catskill Center’s Scholarship Fund visit our Donation Page.
Spend a week at our Platte Clove cabin on a beautiful 200 acre preserve and be inspired in the same way the Hudson River School painters were generations ago. We are now accepting applications for the 2014 season of our Artists in Residence program. Artists in all mediums are encouraged to apply. Visit our Arts & Culture page for more information.
CRISP hosts Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Summit @ Frost Valley YMCA
On January 21st CRISP hosted 38 staff members from 20 different agencies and organizations across the Catskills at a hemlock woolly adelgid(HWA)summit. The summit, held at Frost Valley YMCA, featured Ryan Hanavan of the US Forest Service, Richard Evans, an ecologist at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Mark Whitmore, forest entomologist at Cornell university. The morning’s presentations focused on HWA management, while discussion sessions in the afternoon sought to crystallize a broad action plan for hemlock conservation across the region. HWA arrived in the Catskills 25 years ago and has been causing widespread hemlock mortality and decline across the region since. With a number of important stakeholders, landowners, and natural resource managers, such as NYCDEP and NYSDEC, present at the summit, the day represented an unparalleled opportunity to home in on the top priorities relating to HWA management. Learn more about Laricobius and other biological control efforts for hemlock wooly adelgid on our Invasive Species Page or read our FACT SHEET here.