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 

Catskill Interpretive Center

CIC ConstructionConstruction  began last fall and continues steadily throughout these cold winter months! The Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center is named in honor of the retired Congressman who initiated and enthusiastically supported the development of the Interpretive Center for over three decades. Located on a 62-acre site on Route 28 in Mount Tremper, the Interpretive Center will be the first information center dedicated to the Catskill Park. It will serve as a “gateway” for tourists and residents alike-providing comprehensive information on outdoor recreation, cultural activities, and tourist facilities in the Catskills, as well as natural history interpretation and Forest Preserve Information.  The Center is slated to open to during the summer of 2015. If you’re interested in volunteering at the Catskill Interpretive Center please contact Michael Drillinger, mdrillinger@catskillcenter.org

Call for Art, Catskill Interpretive Center Outdoor Sculpture Park

Since the early 1800’s and the beginning of the American Landscape movement, the Catskills have remained an enduring source of artistic inspiration for generations of artists. In keeping with this long tradition, a Sculpture Park focusing on the artists and art inspired by the Catskills has been created at the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center (CIC).

In 2014, the first group of sculpture was selected for display at the CIC Sculpture Park. The current Call for Art is available and can be accessed here. Applications are due by April 10, 2015.

Click Here for more info > 2015 Call for Sculpture

2015 Platte Clove Artist in Residence Program

We’re now accepting application for the 2015 Artist in Residence program at the Platte Clove Cabin. Spend a week in a rustic and historic cabin surrounded by forest preserve. Enjoy an 80-foot waterfall in a box canyon, minutes from the cabin on our preserve property.    Applications are due April 10th! Click here to learn more and download the application!

A Visual and Audio History of Quilts

Kimmey Decker 1998The Catskill Center has a long history with quilting. The Catskill Mountain Quilters meet every Monday at the Catskill Center and in 2014, we partnered with the Catskill Mountain Quilters Hall of Fame and became its permanent home. Stop by the Catskill Center (open M-F, 9am – 4pm) to see the Catskill Mountain Hall of Fame Plaques which depict Hall of Fame quilters from the 1980’s to today. To learn more about the rich history of quilting in the Catskills, listen to some of our recently re-mastered audio recordings of Catskill’s quilting history. Links to the recordings can be found at the bottom of our Arts and Culture page or by clicking here.

  Catskill Digest on WIOX Community Radio

Catch Catskilwiox radiol Center staff live every Thursday morning 9-10 am for The Catskill Digest! A talk show on Hot Topics, Controversial Issues, and Community Conservation in the Catskill Mountain Region. Hosted by Alan White & Nicole Vente (Catskill Center), Peg Ellsworth (MARK Project), and Dave Riorden (Catskill Revitalization Corporation). Tune in to 91.3 FM  stream us live from on wioxradio.org.

Mission Statement

“The Catskill Center stimulates, conducts, and supports integrated actions to protect vital ecosystems and unique landscapes, to enhance economic opportunities for all the region’s residents, to preserve cultural and historic assets and to further a regional vision and spirit.”