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LOOKING FORWARD TO HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS
 www.centralcatskills.com or www.ScenicCatskills.com


PINE HILL COMMUNITY CENTER WELCOMES YOU
www.pinehillcommunitycenter.org, 845-254-5469, 287 Main Street
SAT. DEC. 4, 11 – 2 PHOENICIA FARMERS MARKET
SAT. DEC. 11, 11 – 3 SILENT AUCTION AND CHILI FEST
 
THE ANDES HOTEL
www.theandeshotel.com
BRUNCH SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 10 – 3
DINNER TUESDAY – SATURDAY, BEGINNING AT 4:30PM
Reservations Encouraged – 845-676-3980
 
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 6:15 PM
Congregation B’nai Israel will continue its popular “Taste of Shabbat” ZOOM event on Friday, Dec. 2 at 6:15 pn. There will be singing, prayers, music and fellowship. Join in the fun and uplifting time?
One does not have to be a member or know Hebrew to participate. All are welcome to this free event. Contact: Bnaiisraelfleischmannsny@gmail.com to register or call 845-254-9945 to leave a message.
 
PHOENICIA MIRACLE ON MAIN STREET
SAT. DECEMBER 3, DOWNTOWN PHOENICIA
5 – 5;30 PM TREE LIGHTING
5:30 – 8 PM PARISH HALL PARTY
FACE PAINTING, CRAFT TABLE, CUPCAKE DECORATING, SANTA PICTURES, COMPLIMENTARY FOOD & DRINK, MUSIC BY THE ROXK ACADEMY SHOW BANK. Sponsored by Ulster Savings Bank, Phoenicia Business Association and Phoemicia Fire District.
Visit: www.shandaken.us  for complete information and events.
 
THE EMERSON SUGGESTS WAYS TO CELEBRATE AND GIFT
  1. 20 % OFF ALL SPA TREATMENTS ANY THURSDAY IN DECEMBER
  2. GIFT & YOU WILL RECEIVE – Spend $200 on Gift Card Purchases & Receive a $20 Gift Card on Us! Available until Dec. 24 No Limit
  3. Jean & Enid Holiday Show! Jewelry and Apparel December 1 – 4, 10 – 4 Emerson Great Room
  4. For more info and to purchase gift cards or make Spa reservations call 845-688-2828 ext. 0 or visit Front Desk, Spa Desk or The Shops at Emerson.
  5. www.emersonresort.org
 
 
NEW! SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11TH - CRAFT & BOOK FAIRE
ASHOKAN CENTER, NY www.ashokancenter.org/events
 
Make old-timey gifts by hand in our Tin, Broom, and Blacksmith shops, and shop an array of lovingly-curated children's books. Save the Date - more info coming very soon!  
 
 
 
THROUGH DECEMBER 22 – ROXBURY LIBRARY ASSOCIATION WELCOMES THE PUBLIC TO THE RLA ANNUAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR SHOPPING FESTIVITIES.SPECIALS ON THRIFT SHOP PURCHASES AND BAGS OF BOOKS. GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO FIND THAT SPECIAL GIFT AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE.
 
LOCATED: 53742 STATE HIGHWAY 30. OR CALL: 607-326-7901

 
DECEMBER HOLIDAY EXHIBITION
 
MARGARETVILLE’S LONGYEAR GALLERY IS EXHIBITING ITS FINAL 2022 SHOW, FEATURING THE ART OF GUEST ARTISTS WHO HAVE BEEN INVITED BY MEMBERS TO EXHIBIT THEIR WORK, AND WILL BE ON DISPLAY THROUGH DECEMBER.

 Longyear Gallery exhibitions OPEN Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Holiday Mondays each weekend and gallery hours are from 11 p.m.-4 p.m. Longyear Gallery is located Downstairs in The Commons, 785 Main Street, Margaretville. For information, please see Longyear Gallery’s website, www.longyeargallery.org, or call 845.586.3270 during gallery hours. Masks requested.
 
 
THRU - JAN. 7, 2023. -  ECHO CHAMBERS – DEC. 3 AT 2PM ARTISTS TALK
WITH DAVID YOUNG AND SUSAN YELAVICH
 



1053 Main Street Gallery in Fleischmann’s, New York is pleased to present “Echo Chambers” an exhibition of multi-media work including artwork which uses manipulated images of darning (a form of woven mending) stitched onto canvas by David Young and Susan Yelavich. The collaboration is on view through January 7th, 2023.
 
Please visit 1053maingallery.com to find gallery hours and information about this and upcoming exhibits and events.
 


THE NYS DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
 
Apply for the Professional Career Opportunities Exam
 
https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMTEsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMjExMjEuNjcwMjcwMDEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL3d3dy55b3V0dWJlLmNvbS93YXRjaD92PU51V24wZW4zbzZRIn0.4Q14YZSai5Eb85UB3R7PJJYLhh_6SF77KEW2ZCKUtGM/s/197897483/br/148660978696-l
 
There are many careers available in the environmental field, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation offers exciting opportunities for qualified individuals looking to make a difference in environmental protection and natural resource management. Check out a video about starting your career at DEC!
Interested? Or know someone that is? Then apply for the Professional Career Opportunities (PCO) Exam. The application deadline is November 30, 2022. Once you apply, you must submit the exam by December 15, 2022.
Find a list of titles filled through the PCO Exam on the Civil Service website.
 
 
GETTING TO KNOW ABOUT THE CENTRAL CATSKILLS
 
Kaatscast.com releases its newest interview for your enjoyment!
 
“Whether you're a human who enjoys venison, or a bald eagle that scavenges a hunter's kill, lead = poison. And as it turns out, common lead bullets fragment on impact into hundreds of pepper-sized flakes that can be devastating to wildlife (and not so great for humans, either!). 

Michael DiBenedetto is a lifelong Catskiller, a longtime hunter, and a passionate advocate for copper bullets. If his experience rehabilitating lead-poisoned eagles isn't reason enough to make the switch, there are plenty of other motivating factors, as he explains in our interview; plus, a convincing experiment for any hunter who wants to see first-hand how lead and copper bullets "hold up" in the wild.

Listen now!
 
 
­
 
­
 
Check out these short videos produced by Conservation Media for huntingwithnonlead.org, and see what happens when lead and copper bullets are shot into ballistic gel. 
 
Thanks to our sponsors:
Briars & Brambles Books
The Mountain Eagle
Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce
 

 
LEARNING ABOUT HIKING IN THE CATSKILLS?
Join the Catskill Mountain Club hikes and learn from experienced volunteers. Do not go hiking on your own if you are new to the area.
https://catskillmountainclub.org/category/upcoming-events/
For Catskill related hikes, check out the Catskill Mountain Club’s (CMC) trail challenges, including the CMC Hiking Trails Challenge, offering easy to moderate difficulty trails to hikers and walkers of different abilities. A brochure of the hikes is available on the Catskill Mountain Club’s website.
 


THE CATSKILLS
A Folding Pocket Guide – A GREAT GIFT IDEA!

Are there really cats in the Catskills? Where can I find views without a hike? Who left these tracks outside my tent? You’ll find answers to all these questions and more in this compact guide from the knowledgeable staff at the Catskill Center, a nonprofit organization that has been working to protect the Catskills since 1969 through programs like the Catskills Visitor Center, the Catskill Fire Tower Project, and the Catskill Stewards.

This waterproof, lightweight folding guide is an excellent resource for both visitors to the Catskills and residents. Easily tucks in a jacket or backpack pocket, and makes a great gift. Explorers of all ages and experience levels will appreciate the outdoor recreation tips, regional information, and full-color illustrations for identifying local plants and wildlife.

Retails for $7.95. Available at the Catskills Visitor Center and select local retailers. For wholesale orders, please contact Sarah McGinnis, smcginnis@catskillcenter.org
 
Link to Catskills Folding Guide on CVC website: https://bit.ly/CatskillsPocketGuide
 

 EMPIRE STATE RAILWAY MUSEUM: CATSKILLS RAILS THEN AND NOW
Kaatscast: the Catskills Podcast
 
In the last episode we took a ride on the old Ulster & Delaware rails with Rail Explorers, a pedal bike experience in Phoenicia, NY. This week, we're at the neighboring Empire State Railway Museum, at home in the historic 1899 Phoenicia train station since 1983, for a look back at Catskills railroad history. Curator Tom Comito tells us about the 1913 peak of travel on these tracks, restoration projects underway, and the museum's evolving relationship with rail tourists.
 
Many thanks to our sponsors:
Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway, Hanford Mills Museum, Briars & Brambles Books, The Mountain Eagle
 

THE ASHOKAN RAIL TRAIL
Enjoy access to 11.5 miles of safe, healthy recreational opportunities in the corridor by the scenic Ashokan Reservoir. Free, without a permit, every, day, year-round-for the first time in more than a century!
Visit: www.catskillmountainrailtrail.org
 
 
CATSKILL VISITORS CENTER, 5096 NY-28 Mt. Tremper, NY 12457 info@catskillcenter.org
www.catskillsvisitorcenter.org  or call 845-688-3369.
Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed. Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun – 9:30 am – 4 pm.
 

Situated on 60 acres of forest, fields and wetlands in the hamlet of Mount Tremper, the Catskills Visitor Center is home to the visitor information center and gift shop. In addition to the main visitor center building, the site features: the 80-foot tall Upper Esopus Fire Tower; 1.5 miles of peaceful nature trails (including ADA accessible trails); picnic areas; a covered pavilion; wildlife viewing; Esopus Creek access and much more.
 
 
 
 

Coming Soon...
LOOKING FORWARD TO HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS
 www.centralcatskills.com or www.ScenicCatskills.com


PINE HILL COMMUNITY CENTER WELCOMES YOU
www.pinehillcommunitycenter.org, 845-254-5469, 287 Main Street
SAT. DEC. 4, 11 – 2 PHOENICIA FARMERS MARKET
SAT. DEC. 11, 11 – 3 SILENT AUCTION AND CHILI FEST
 
THE ANDES HOTEL
www.theandeshotel.com
BRUNCH SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 10 – 3
DINNER TUESDAY – SATURDAY, BEGINNING AT 4:30PM
Reservations Encouraged – 845-676-3980
 
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 6:15 PM
Congregation B’nai Israel will continue its popular “Taste of Shabbat” ZOOM event on Friday, Dec. 2 at 6:15 pn. There will be singing, prayers, music and fellowship. Join in the fun and uplifting time?
One does not have to be a member or know Hebrew to participate. All are welcome to this free event. Contact: Bnaiisraelfleischmannsny@gmail.com to register or call 845-254-9945 to leave a message.
 
PHOENICIA MIRACLE ON MAIN STREET
SAT. DECEMBER 3, DOWNTOWN PHOENICIA
5 – 5;30 PM TREE LIGHTING
5:30 – 8 PM PARISH HALL PARTY
FACE PAINTING, CRAFT TABLE, CUPCAKE DECORATING, SANTA PICTURES, COMPLIMENTARY FOOD & DRINK, MUSIC BY THE ROXK ACADEMY SHOW BANK. Sponsored by Ulster Savings Bank, Phoenicia Business Association and Phoemicia Fire District.
Visit: www.shandaken.us  for complete information and events.
 
THE EMERSON SUGGESTS WAYS TO CELEBRATE AND GIFT
  1. 20 % OFF ALL SPA TREATMENTS ANY THURSDAY IN DECEMBER
  2. GIFT & YOU WILL RECEIVE – Spend $200 on Gift Card Purchases & Receive a $20 Gift Card on Us! Available until Dec. 24 No Limit
  3. Jean & Enid Holiday Show! Jewelry and Apparel December 1 – 4, 10 – 4 Emerson Great Room
  4. For more info and to purchase gift cards or make Spa reservations call 845-688-2828 ext. 0 or visit Front Desk, Spa Desk or The Shops at Emerson.
  5. www.emersonresort.org
 
 
NEW! SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11TH - CRAFT & BOOK FAIRE
ASHOKAN CENTER, NY www.ashokancenter.org/events
 
Make old-timey gifts by hand in our Tin, Broom, and Blacksmith shops, and shop an array of lovingly-curated children's books. Save the Date - more info coming very soon!  
 
 
 
THROUGH DECEMBER 22 – ROXBURY LIBRARY ASSOCIATION WELCOMES THE PUBLIC TO THE RLA ANNUAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR SHOPPING FESTIVITIES.SPECIALS ON THRIFT SHOP PURCHASES AND BAGS OF BOOKS. GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO FIND THAT SPECIAL GIFT AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE.
 
LOCATED: 53742 STATE HIGHWAY 30. OR CALL: 607-326-7901

 
DECEMBER HOLIDAY EXHIBITION
 
MARGARETVILLE’S LONGYEAR GALLERY IS EXHIBITING ITS FINAL 2022 SHOW, FEATURING THE ART OF GUEST ARTISTS WHO HAVE BEEN INVITED BY MEMBERS TO EXHIBIT THEIR WORK, AND WILL BE ON DISPLAY THROUGH DECEMBER.

 Longyear Gallery exhibitions OPEN Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Holiday Mondays each weekend and gallery hours are from 11 p.m.-4 p.m. Longyear Gallery is located Downstairs in The Commons, 785 Main Street, Margaretville. For information, please see Longyear Gallery’s website, www.longyeargallery.org, or call 845.586.3270 during gallery hours. Masks requested.
 
 
THRU - JAN. 7, 2023. -  ECHO CHAMBERS – DEC. 3 AT 2PM ARTISTS TALK
WITH DAVID YOUNG AND SUSAN YELAVICH
 



1053 Main Street Gallery in Fleischmann’s, New York is pleased to present “Echo Chambers” an exhibition of multi-media work including artwork which uses manipulated images of darning (a form of woven mending) stitched onto canvas by David Young and Susan Yelavich. The collaboration is on view through January 7th, 2023.
 
Please visit 1053maingallery.com to find gallery hours and information about this and upcoming exhibits and events.
 


THE NYS DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
 
Apply for the Professional Career Opportunities Exam
 
https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMTEsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMjExMjEuNjcwMjcwMDEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL3d3dy55b3V0dWJlLmNvbS93YXRjaD92PU51V24wZW4zbzZRIn0.4Q14YZSai5Eb85UB3R7PJJYLhh_6SF77KEW2ZCKUtGM/s/197897483/br/148660978696-l
 
There are many careers available in the environmental field, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation offers exciting opportunities for qualified individuals looking to make a difference in environmental protection and natural resource management. Check out a video about starting your career at DEC!
Interested? Or know someone that is? Then apply for the Professional Career Opportunities (PCO) Exam. The application deadline is November 30, 2022. Once you apply, you must submit the exam by December 15, 2022.
Find a list of titles filled through the PCO Exam on the Civil Service website.
 
 
GETTING TO KNOW ABOUT THE CENTRAL CATSKILLS
 
Kaatscast.com releases its newest interview for your enjoyment!
 
“Whether you're a human who enjoys venison, or a bald eagle that scavenges a hunter's kill, lead = poison. And as it turns out, common lead bullets fragment on impact into hundreds of pepper-sized flakes that can be devastating to wildlife (and not so great for humans, either!). 

Michael DiBenedetto is a lifelong Catskiller, a longtime hunter, and a passionate advocate for copper bullets. If his experience rehabilitating lead-poisoned eagles isn't reason enough to make the switch, there are plenty of other motivating factors, as he explains in our interview; plus, a convincing experiment for any hunter who wants to see first-hand how lead and copper bullets "hold up" in the wild.

Listen now!
 
 
­
 
­
 
Check out these short videos produced by Conservation Media for huntingwithnonlead.org, and see what happens when lead and copper bullets are shot into ballistic gel. 
 
Thanks to our sponsors:
Briars & Brambles Books
The Mountain Eagle
Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce
 

 
LEARNING ABOUT HIKING IN THE CATSKILLS?
Join the Catskill Mountain Club hikes and learn from experienced volunteers. Do not go hiking on your own if you are new to the area.
https://catskillmountainclub.org/category/upcoming-events/
For Catskill related hikes, check out the Catskill Mountain Club’s (CMC) trail challenges, including the CMC Hiking Trails Challenge, offering easy to moderate difficulty trails to hikers and walkers of different abilities. A brochure of the hikes is available on the Catskill Mountain Club’s website.
 


THE CATSKILLS
A Folding Pocket Guide – A GREAT GIFT IDEA!

Are there really cats in the Catskills? Where can I find views without a hike? Who left these tracks outside my tent? You’ll find answers to all these questions and more in this compact guide from the knowledgeable staff at the Catskill Center, a nonprofit organization that has been working to protect the Catskills since 1969 through programs like the Catskills Visitor Center, the Catskill Fire Tower Project, and the Catskill Stewards.

This waterproof, lightweight folding guide is an excellent resource for both visitors to the Catskills and residents. Easily tucks in a jacket or backpack pocket, and makes a great gift. Explorers of all ages and experience levels will appreciate the outdoor recreation tips, regional information, and full-color illustrations for identifying local plants and wildlife.

Retails for $7.95. Available at the Catskills Visitor Center and select local retailers. For wholesale orders, please contact Sarah McGinnis, smcginnis@catskillcenter.org
 
Link to Catskills Folding Guide on CVC website: https://bit.ly/CatskillsPocketGuide
 

 EMPIRE STATE RAILWAY MUSEUM: CATSKILLS RAILS THEN AND NOW
Kaatscast: the Catskills Podcast
 
In the last episode we took a ride on the old Ulster & Delaware rails with Rail Explorers, a pedal bike experience in Phoenicia, NY. This week, we're at the neighboring Empire State Railway Museum, at home in the historic 1899 Phoenicia train station since 1983, for a look back at Catskills railroad history. Curator Tom Comito tells us about the 1913 peak of travel on these tracks, restoration projects underway, and the museum's evolving relationship with rail tourists.
 
Many thanks to our sponsors:
Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway, Hanford Mills Museum, Briars & Brambles Books, The Mountain Eagle
 

THE ASHOKAN RAIL TRAIL
Enjoy access to 11.5 miles of safe, healthy recreational opportunities in the corridor by the scenic Ashokan Reservoir. Free, without a permit, every, day, year-round-for the first time in more than a century!
Visit: www.catskillmountainrailtrail.org
 
 
CATSKILL VISITORS CENTER, 5096 NY-28 Mt. Tremper, NY 12457 info@catskillcenter.org
www.catskillsvisitorcenter.org  or call 845-688-3369.
Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed. Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun – 9:30 am – 4 pm.
 

Situated on 60 acres of forest, fields and wetlands in the hamlet of Mount Tremper, the Catskills Visitor Center is home to the visitor information center and gift shop. In addition to the main visitor center building, the site features: the 80-foot tall Upper Esopus Fire Tower; 1.5 miles of peaceful nature trails (including ADA accessible trails); picnic areas; a covered pavilion; wildlife viewing; Esopus Creek access and much more.
 
 
 
 

Coming Soon...
WINTERTIME OFFERS WINTER FUN!
SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 – NEW TIME!!!!
CABARADIO AT THE PINE HILL COMMUNITY CENTER www.pinehillcommunitycenter.org for complete details 287 Main Street.
Potluck @ 1 pm …..show starts @ 2 pm
Admission is free. Donations appreciated. Please bring a Big Dish to Pass for all to enjoy. 845-254-5469 or email: swixon@pinehillcommunitycenter.org
Come to enjoy food, community, music, local guests, and the coziness of Catskill hibernation season.
 
 
WINTER HOOT at The Ashokan Center
Friday, Feb. 3 - Sunday, Feb. 3
THE WINTER HOOT is a down-home, down-to-earth, music gathering where everyone is welcome and there's joy to spare. We hope you'll join us to celebrate and support the Ashokan Center. www.ashokan.org/events
Friday We’ll explore the notion that when we humans are doing good things for the planet, a footprint may be something we want to leave. Enjoy a delicious and locally-sourced dinner and an inspiring screening of the documentary "Inhabit: a Permaculture Perspective" followed by a discussion with the filmmaker Costa Boutsikaris and neighboring farmers and growers. 
SaturdayShake off the wintertime blahs with a full day of music and dancing to The Mammals, Rachael Yamagata, Jude Roberts, City Stompers, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Mister Chris, George Winstone with Ben Monder, and special guests tba! Enjoy food vended by Ashokan Chef Bill and Veggie Oasis, indoor kids zone activities, instrument petting zoo, blacksmithing, and Thomas Brown creating a special new ice sculpture in the courtyard. 
Sunday - Revel in morning yoga with Sara Trapani or a guided hike with Del Orloske, and a community sing with Mike + Ruthy, family, and friends.  
 
DIY BATH BOMB MAKING WITH PHOENICIA SOAP CO.
SATURDAY JANUARY 14, 3-4:30PM
$62 per person
Learn how to create bath bombs with botanicals and oils that soften and add nutrients to your skin! Participants will enjoy a glass of wine with cheese and take home three bath bombs!
 
FEBRUARY SPA SPECIALS*
The Spa is also open
Tuesday, Feb. 14!
The only thing better than a spa day is a spa day with your special someone. Spa together with these February specials:
 
Couples VIP Soak and Massage, Truffles and Prosecco
90 minutes/$399 per couple
Couples Luxury Spa Pedicure, Truffles and Prosecco
60 minutes/$135 per couple
Reflexology Workshop – learn how to share Reflexology with your partner at home
90-minute lesson/$125 per couple
Saturday, Feb. 11 and 18, 5:30 to 7pm or 7:30 to 9pm
 
MAPLE SYRUP SEASON IS COMING SOON
Learn about the process of turning sap into syrup. From the management of the woods and getting lines and equipment prepped to the tapping of trees and collecting maple sap. There's much to be done before the maple sap flows and can get boiled into pure maple syrup - the part of the process we look forward to sharing with you every sugaring season - but without the prep, we wouldn't have any sweetness to share. Follow along with NYS Maple and our sugar makers as they prepare for the season ahead and Maple Weekend 2023! 
 
 Here are the maple farms preparing to welcome you in March.
 
GALLERY EXHIBITS 
THE LIBERAL ARTS GALLERY
PHIL’S GHOST
EXHIBIT: DECEMBER 17 – MARCH 4
 
LIBERAL ARTS ROXBURY is pleased to announce Phil's Ghost, an exhibition of album art honoring the late Phillip Lenihan, owner of the gallery under its previous entities, Orphic Gallery and the 8-Track Museum. 
Phil's Ghost is curated this year by Film Director and Producer Roger Ross Williams. Please join us on December 17th at 5pm for food, drink, music and dance to celebrate the opening of the show. LPs Courtesy of Joe from Chicago Archives.
 
THE LIVBERAL ARTS GALLERY IS LOCATED AT 53525 STATE HIGHWAY 30, ROXBURY, NY 12474.  info@liberalartsroxbury.com.
 
 
AT THE ROXBURY ARTS CENTER - TUESDAY - SATURDAY, 10AM - 3PM
 
Combining our two most anticipated exhibits at the Roxbury Arts Group, 'All Things Great and Small' partner our annual 'Small Works' and the 'Large Works' exhibits that overtake our Walt Meade Gallery and Performance Hall.
 
Participating Large Works artists are Natalie Boburka, Toni Brogan, Tabitha Gilmore-Barnes, Annie Hayes, Helene Manzo, Kate Masters, Gary Mayer, Stephanie Stein, Kate Taverna, William Waggoner, and Scott Woolsey.
 
Artists exhibiting in the Small Works show are Rebecca Andre, Margaret Bazura, Ivory Biruk, Esther de Jong, Deborah Fox, Maria Garcia, Sara Idleman, Deborah Freedman, Tabitha Gilmore Barnes, Elaine Grandy, Mortimer Guggenheim, Ron Macklin, Joe Miller, Stephen Niccolls, Laura Nickel, Rhiannon Radu, Sara Stone, Carol Struve, Sharon Suess, Pamela Wallace, William Waggoner, Dan Williams, Ellen Wong, and scrap wrenn.
 
 
“MEMBERS’ WINTER GROUP EXHIBIT” - Fri Jan 13, 2023 to Sun Feb 12, 2023
Opening Reception is Sat Jan 13, from 3-5
 
LONGYEAR GALLERY - 785 Main St. Margaretville NY 12455
845-586-3270   www.longyeargallery.org

 
1053 MAIN STREET GALLERY in Fleischmann’s, New York 
Please visit 1053maingallery.com to find gallery hours and information about this and upcoming exhibits and events.
845-254-3461 or info@1053.gallery.com  Hours: Fri-Sat: 11am-5pm, Sun: 12 pm-4pm
 

 

ENGAGING OUR YOUNGSTERS - WATERSHED EDUCATION GRANTS

THE CATSKILL WATER DISCOVERY CENTER shares thes great opportunity for our schools and students in our communities to participate in this Annual Art and Poetry Contest.

THE CATSKILL WATERSHED CORPORATION, LOCATED IN ARKVILLE, is now accepting applications for WATERSHED EDUCATION GRANT PROPOSALS. If you’re interested in starting a Trout in the Classroom program in your school, this is a great funding opportunity to help you get started!

If you would like more information about the Catskill Watershed Corporation and upcoming education grant opportunities, contact Samantha Costa at scosta@cwconline.org. Visit watersheducators.org for information on field trips, classroom programs, streamside and digital learning opportunities. 

Applications are due by February 3 by 4:00 PM.


WATER RESOURCES ART AND POETRY CONTEST
Save the Date! DEP’s 37th annual Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest has begun. Second through twelfth-grade students in New York City and the East and West of Hudson Watersheds are invited to create original art and compose poetry that reflects an appreciation for our shared water resources. The five central themes of the contest, incorporating STEM and humanities disciplines, include Water, a Precious Resource; NYC Drinking Water; NYC Wastewater Treatment; Harbor Water Quality and Healthy Marine Ecosystems; and Water Stewardship and Climate Change. ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED ONLINE FROM TUESDAY, JANUARY 10 – FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2023. To learn more, Water Resources Art & Poetry Contest. For questions, contact artandpoetry@dep.nyc.gov.

The contest winners will have their work displayed in an exhibit at the Catskill Water Discovery Center this coming summer. www.waterdiscoverycenter.org

 

CREATIVE ADVENTURES IN ART AND PLAY

ARTISTS specially trained as facilitators will guide children through creative play as they make their own art using our recyclables and natural materials. The only theme is play and to have fun creating whatever pleases them with the materials provided.

WHAT: The Catskill Water Discovery Center offers a fun and engaging experience for children, ages 4 to 9. Select from the following dates (multiple visits are allowed): Jan 28, Feb. 11 and 26, and March 11 and 25 from 2 – 4 pm, held at Center’s Exhibit Hall, 669 Hwy 28, Suite 3, Arkville, NY 12406.

HOW: Register your child for up to five art/play sessions by contacting Don L Myers at 845-399-3913. You can also reach out via email to our specially created email: caapwdc@gmail.com
 
DETAILS: Parents or caregivers are to remain in the building, either observing or gathering with other adults in the nearby auditorium
  • Opportunities will be available to learn more about the Water Discovery Center
  • Masks are encouraged but not required
  • There is no fee for the program
  • In case of inclement weather that requires postponement; Facilitators and children's families will be notified directly by email and/or telephone. Sessions will be rescheduled with dates to be announced
     
 
TAKE PART IN THE DEC INFORMATIONAL KIOSK SURVEY
GIVE US YOUR FEEDBACK AND WIN A GIFT CARD TO A SPORTING GOODS STORE!
DEC would like your opinion on our informational kiosks. Kiosks are small, open wooden structures that provide cover for educational/informational signs. These kiosks are located at various state properties such as state forests, wilderness areas, conservation easements, wildlife management areas (WMAs), boat launches, and more.
 Take our survey to let us know what you think and be entered to win a $50 sporting goods store gift card and a free subscription to the Conservationist magazine!
Winners will be announced each month from January 2023 through January 2024. A grand prize winner will be announced in January 2024 and will receive a $200 sporting goods store gift card and a free magazine subscription. By providing input, you can help us improve your outdoor experience!
For prize rules and regulations, please visit DEC's website.

PLATTEKILL SKI MOUNTAIN, ROXBURY
THIS POPULAR FAMILY-OWNED SKI AND BIKING RESORT is located north west of the Catskill Park in the Town of Roxbury. It features a 1,100 vertical drop with 38 trails of varying degrees of difficulty.
Plattekill offers outstanding terrain for winter skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing, from Friday through Sunday and special weeklong holidays. Learn more about its year-round activities – www.plattekill.com or call 607-326-3500.
 
BELLEAYRE MOUNTAIN SKI AND YEAR-ROUND RECREATION CENTER
Belleayre is a 4-season resort located in the heart of the Catskill Mountains and home to the Catskill Thunder Gondola! Visit belleayre.com for more information. 
 
Belleayre Mountain is located along the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway off of State Route 28 in Highmount, NY, just hours from New York City. It was declared “Forever Wild” by the New York State Forest Preserve in 1885. Early on, skiers would side-step or hike their way more than 3,000 feet to be the first to make tracks down un-named and woody trails.
 
Belleayre now stands as a model in the ski industry. Its continued improvements include the only Catskills Cat-access skiing and snowboarding, the Area 51 terrain park, two progression parks, mogul trails ranging from intermediate to expert bumps and extensive glade skiing. Skier and snowboarder visits have grown from 70,000 in 1995 to more than 175,000 skiers and snowboarders from all over the world. With 55 trails, parks and glades, 8 lifts, including our new High Speed Quad, Belleayre Mountain has certainly evolved from humble, yet promising beginnings into an efficient and growing organization - perfection in progress. 
 
Visit: www.belleayre.com for updates, conditions and special events.


INFORMATION TO HELP YOU ENJOY YOUR VISIT TO THE CATSKILLS


THE CATSKILL MOUNTAINS SCENIC BYWAY – www.ScenicCatskills.com tells us about our history, culture and great outdoors. Learn more by visiting our website and listen to our tours, hiking videos and discovery who we are and where you can go to enjoy your visit to the Catskills.
www.ScenicCatskills.com is the right place to visit to find where to eat, stay, shop and recreate along Route 28. Other sites to visit are www.greatwesterncatskills.com (Delaware County) and www.ulstercounty.com
(Ulster County).



 
CATSKILLS VISITOR CENTER, 5096 NY-28 Mt. Tremper, NY 12457 info@catskillcenter.org
www.catskillsvisitorcenter.org  or call 845-688-3369.
Hours: DEC 1 – MARCH 31 OPEN Friday - Monday – 9:30 am – 4 pm.
 
Situated on 60 acres of forest, fields and wetlands in the hamlet of Mount Tremper, the Catskills Visitor Center is home to the visitor information center and gift shop. In addition to the main visitor center building, the site features: the 80-foot tall Upper Esopus Fire Tower; 1.5 miles of peaceful nature trails (including ADA accessible trails); picnic areas; a covered pavilion; wildlife viewing; Esopus Creek access and much more.

 
MORE HELP TO HIKE IN THE CATSKILLS?

JOIN THE CATSKILL MOUNTAIN CLUB hikes and learn from experienced volunteers. Do not go hiking on your own if you are new to the area.
https://catskillmountainclub.org/category/upcoming-events/
For Catskill related hikes, check out the Catskill Mountain Club’s (CMC) trail challenges, including the CMC Hiking Trails Challenge, offering easy to moderate difficulty trails to hikers and walkers of different abilities. A brochure of the hikes is available on the Catskill Mountain Club’s website.
 
 
THE CATSKILLS - A Folding Pocket Guide – A GREAT GIFT IDEA!
Are there really cats in the Catskills? Where can I find views without a hike? Who left these tracks outside my tent? You’ll find answers to all these questions and more in this compact guide from the knowledgeable staff at the Catskill Center, a nonprofit organization that has been working to protect the Catskills since 1969 through programs like the Catskills Visitor Center, the Catskill Fire Tower Project, and the Catskill Stewards.

This waterproof, lightweight folding guide is an excellent resource for both visitors to the Catskills and residents. Easily tucks in a jacket or backpack pocket, and makes a great gift. Explorers of all ages and experience levels will appreciate the outdoor recreation tips, regional information, and full-color illustrations for identifying local plants and wildlife.

Retails for $7.95. Available at the Catskills Visitor Center and select local retailers. For wholesale orders, please contact Sarah McGinnis, smcginnis@catskillcenter.org
 
Link to Catskills Folding Guide on CVC website: https://bit.ly/CatskillsPocketGuide
 

THE ASHOKAN RAIL TRAIL
Enjoy access to 11.5 miles of safe, healthy recreational opportunities in the corridor by the scenic Ashokan Reservoir. Free, without a permit, every, day, year-round-for the first time in more than a century!
Visit: www.catskillmountainrailtrail.org
 
DEC JOB POSTINGS
The Listing of Job Vacancies on DEC's public website has been updated for the coming week. It includes positions for Office Assistants, Environmental Engineers, and Environmental Program Specialists around the state.
Find the full list of current vacancies online at:
https://www.dec.ny.gov/about/27863.html



CRISP 2023 REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS to fund priority invasive species projects in the Catskills region! We will offer funding for those projects that best meet the following CRISP priorities that were identified in the CRISP Strategic Planning that we conducted earlier this year:
  1. Early Detection/Rapid Response for Tier 1 or Tier 2 Species
  2. Raise public awareness of Tier 1 and/or Tier 2 Species 
  3. Improve the scientific understanding of the extent, ecological impact and effective controls of invasive species in the CRISP region.
Selected projects will be funded up to $10,000 and must be completed in 2022. The deadline for applications is February 3rd. Additional information is available here: https://www.catskillinvasives.com/funding 
 
We gratefully acknowledge that this funding is provided through the Environmental Protection Fund as administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). This funding leverages the work that CRISP Partners are doing and incentivizes local organizations to help execute CRISP goals to manage invasive species in our region. The RFP is not a grant program and all project proposals are subject to NYSDEC Invasive Species Coordinate Section for approval prior to being awarded a final sub-contract. 

Coming Soon...
 
 
SPRING SKIING, PLANNING FOR WARM WEATHER EVENTS
 
The Chamber is collecting details of our warm weather events. Calls come in by visitors to know when the special events are happening. So get me your info. Word docs and jpeg images are the way to go. When you send us a formatted doc we have to reformat it to use it.
 
 
SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 1 PM
We'll walk the rails again . . .
Heads up all you folks who prefer their history en plein air: HSM will reprise last year’s tramp along former Ulster & Delaware Railroad tracks from Highmount to Pine Hill on Sunday, April 23 at 1 p.m. John Duda and Diane Galusha will share information on the glory days of Highmount, the engineering of the famed Double Horseshoe Curve that we’ll walk along, and the Crystal Spring Water Company whose ruins we will visit. There is a $10 fee, and reservations are required. Space is limited. Call 845-586-4973 or email history@catskill.net to save a spot on this tour.
 
 
HELP WANTED – 4-H CAMP SHANKITUNK, DELHI. SUMMER POSITIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR DAY CAMP DIRECTOR, AQUATICS DIRECTOR, FOOD SERVICE DIRECTOR, KITCHEN ASSISTANTS, DAY AND OVERNIGHT CAMP COUNSELORS and other positions from June 25 – August 4, 2023. For an application or more information contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Delaware County, 34570 State Hwy 10, STE 2, Hamden, NY 13782 by calling 607-865-6531, emailing crb222@cornell.edu, or visiting our website at campshankitunk.org.
 
Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are supportive of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.
 
THE CATSKILL WATERSHED CORPORATION (CWC) PROVIDES SUPPLIES TO GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS WHO CLEAN LITTER AND OTHER DEBRIS FROM STREAMBANKS IN THE CATSKILL-DELAWARE WATERSHED AND DISPOSE OF IT PROPERLY.
 
Heavy-duty trash bags, gloves, and tokens of appreciation are available to individuals, youth and school groups, church organizations, civic and business associations, neighborhood groups, and teams of friends who volunteer to scour streambanks and riversides for trash.
 
Please call Samantha Costa at 845-586-1400, scosta@cwconline.org, to schedule a date and time to pick up the supplies.
 
The CWC is a non-profit, Local Development Corporation responsible for several environmental protection, economic development and education programs in the New York City Watershed West of the Hudson River. www.cwconline.org
 
 
FRIDAY, MAY 12, 9 AM – 3 PM 5TH ANNUAL SUMMIT – CATSKILLS PATHWAYS TO RECOVERY
(Formerly named Catskills Addiction Coalition.)
 
 SUPPORTING PREGNANCY, PARENTING & COMMUNITIES THROUGH HARM REDUCTION
 Breakfast & Lunch will be provided.
IN PERSON & VIA ZOOM
 
The Summit will be held at the Pine Hill Community Center, 287 Main St., Pine Hill, Ny 12465
Registration is Required.  www.catskillspathwaystoRecovery.org
 
 
DASHA SHISHKIN – ‘CHIK CHIRIK’
March 18-May 6, 2023.  CLOSING PARTY, SATURDAY MAY 6, 4-6PM

LIBERAL ARTS ROXBURY is pleased to present a solo exhibition of multi-media works by Moscow-born, Brooklyn/upstate-based artist Dasha Shishkin. chik chirik, featuring drawings and prints on various supports, opens Saturday March 18, 2023, with a reception at the gallery from 4-6pm. A closing event during finer weather on May 6 is also planned. 
 

Dasha Shishkin’s highly intuitive works follow the course of a line, diagramming the broad universe of human activity as both elegant and vulgar, gentle and cruel. Her elaborate drawings, often executed on blemished sheets of paper and wrinkled mylar, acknowledge socially perspicacious artists of the past, such as Edvard Munch and Egon Schiele, while presenting contemporary life as an ongoing carnival of desire, vanity, and social decadence, with moments for pause and reflection.
 
 
LONGYEAR GALLERY OPENING RECEPTION; SATURDAY, March 24; 3-5PM
 
FARMS, FARMERS & FARMING: A TRIBUTE TO LOCAL AGRICULTURE 
OPENS AT LONGYEAR GALLERY
 
Longyear Gallery of Margaretville is pleased to announce the opening of a special exhibit, “Farms, Farmers & Farming: A Tribute to Local Agriculture,” a new group show featuring the art of 23 Longyear Gallery members, accompanied by a group show of the art of the other 11 members. Opening on Friday, March 24th, this special exhibit will run through Sunday, April 23rd with the Artists Reception on Saturday, March 25th from 3-6 p.m. 
 
As Diane Galusha of the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown explains, “There was a time not so long ago when most people lived on farms. Rain and snow; dirt and seed; birth, death and unceasing labor; the joy and struggle of making a living off the land. These things defined-–still define--those who farm, those who keep the rest of us alive. When Delaware County was newly settled, sheep ruled the hillsides and mills were built to process the fleece. Then dairy cattle populated the barns, and creameries handled the milk from the Jerseys and Holsteins that thrived on green pastures. Then, in the 20th century, it was cauliflower that proved an unlikely antidote to fluctuating milk prices.”
 
The artists participating in “Farms, Farmers & Farming: A Tribute to Local Agriculture,” have incorporated into their work the “time and change written on this landscape, seen in the derelict barns and the meadows turned to brush,” as Diane Galusha notes. “Yet,” she continues, “change can also be seen in the busy farm stands and markets where a new generation of farmers proudly sell products their Delaware County predecessors never imagined as they toiled in the fields, turning over ‘two rocks for every dirt,’ and this exhibit,” she adds, “celebrates this honorable profession and acknowledges the legacy of farms and farmers, past and present.”
 
 Longyear Gallery’s “Farms, Farmers & Farming: A Tribute to Local Agriculture” will be on view Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Holiday Mondays each weekend from 11 p.m.-4 p.m. Special attention will be paid to keep safe all visitors to the gallery as well as members. In view of health precautions at this time, it is suggested that visitors wear masks. 
Longyear Gallery is located Downstairs in The Commons, 785 Main Street, Margaretville. For information, please see Longyear Gallery’s website, www.longyeargallery.org, or call 845.586.3270 during gallery hours. 
 
 
BELLEAYRE SKI MOUNTAIN www.belleayre.com
OFFERING SPRING SKIING AT ITS BEST
 
 
Upcoming Belleayre Calendar:
MARCH 25, WYLD BLU BAND
S’MORES & STORIES
SCAVENGER HUNT
 
LOCAL COMMUNITY DAYS
MARCH 28
KIDS HIT THE SLOPES
 
SUMMER JOBS AT BELLEAYRE:
 
Looking for the perfect summer job?  Belleayre Beach is now hiring lifeguards for the 2023 summer. If you are not certified or if your certification is about to expire, not a problem! Delaware Country Residents under 21 can get certified for free. OR If you take a certification class and work for us the entire summer, we will reimburse your certification fees.  View our employment page for additional information.
 
 
NY/NJ TRAIL CONFERENCE NEWS
Did you know that the Long Path begins at the 175th Street Subway Station in Upper Manhattan?

If you haven't already heard, we are celebrating BIG NEWS: the opening of the North Walk, a newly renovated accessible path on the north side of the George Washington Bridge. Why is this celebration-worthy? The North Walk now offers pedestrians and bicyclists direct — and improved — access to the Long Path, a 358-mile trail that is maintained by hundreds of Trail Conference volunteers and travels from New York City, through parts of NJ, to Albany.

With the opening of the North Walk, it's never been easier for New Yorkers to experience the Long Path and the benefits of a walk in the woods, whether you’re planning a day excursion or a thru-hike!
 
 
 
 
 
Learn More + Plan Your Hike
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
BEARS!  NEWEST PODCAST FROM BRETT BARRY AT KAATSCAST.COM
 
During last summer's drought conditions, Catskills black bears made more frequent appearances down to the valleys, and Catskills humans took note.
 
Social media was abuzz with bear tales and concern for small cubs that some assumed were famished. Black bears are capable parents and experts at foraging and providing for their young. So, worry not. And of course, do not FEED the bears, even unintentionally, because as you've likely heard, “a fed bear is a dead bear.” 
 
This week's podcast comes just as experts advise removal of bird feeders for the season. Bird seed is a “fabulous” and easy source of sustenance, but it acclimates wildlife to human-provided food, and that leads to problems. 
 
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Listen now!
 
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Hear from three authorities on bears:
Wildlife Rehabilitator Kristine Flones
NYS Forest Ranger Patti Rudge
DEC Natural Resource Supervisor Bill Rudge
 
Hear about:
 
  • the best time to wrap up your wild bird food (and why)
  • the importance of taking out the trash (at the crack of dawn)
  • equipping your Catskills home with a ... marine signal horn? 
  • resisting the urge to run from a bear!
  • identifying a mom with cubs
  • creating "space" on the trails
 
Thanks to our sponsors:
Ulster Savings Bank
Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce
Briars & Brambles Books
 
Thanks also to The Mountain Eagle …
and listeners like you!
 
 
NEWS FROM NYSDOT TO BYWAY COMMUNITIES
 
The Federal Highway Administration will be holding two informational webinars to share information about the recently released Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Discretionary Grant Program (CFI Program)
Created by President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the CFI Program is a new competitive grant program that provides funding for publicly accessible electric vehicle charging and alternative fueling infrastructure in the places people live and work – urban and rural areas alike – in addition to along designated Alternative Fuel Corridors. CFI Program investments will make modern and sustainable infrastructure accessible to all drivers of electric, hydrogen, propane, and natural gas vehicles.
The webinars will be held on the following dates. Webinars are open to the public and registration is required.
·        Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Discretionary Grant Program 
3/21/23 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET
·        Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Discretionary Grant Program 
3/22/23 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET
For more information, please contact Neelam Patel in the Office of Natural Environment at (248) 602-7454.
 
 
SUPPORT OUR HEALTH CARE CENTER’S – MARGARETVILLE HOSPITAL AND MOUNTAINSIDE
 
LIVE ART Auction, May 20, 2023


The Board of the Margaretville Hospital is pleased to welcome you to the online presence for our auction in May.
 
Kindly view the artwork and registration details for this event.
 
https://live.classy.org/auction/catch23/15997aee-c719-4b60-a086-00e91e647c80/item/01becb62-1bc0-4c8d-bc4a-b68b4dcfc249
 
Additional work will be available for viewing as it becomes available; the intent is to refresh our site weekly, so please check back regularly.
 
THANK YOU TO LIBERAL ARTS ROXBURY FOR HOSTING THE EVENT. CORNER OF ROUTE 30 AND BRIDGE STREET, Roxbury. www.liberalartsroxbury.com
 
 
 
NEW EXHIBITION AT ROBURY ARTS CENTER
SECRETS, CONFESSIONS & REVELATIONS – Open THROUGH APRIL 29
AT THE ROXBURY ARTS CENTER
 
 
Artists participating in this exhibit were selected from a juried open call and include Christein Aromando , Ivory Biruk, Beth Caspar, Kevin Dalton, Richard Driessen, Cindy Dunne, Caroline Lewis, Patrice Lorenz, Jillian Lyke, Samantha Nick, Alan Powell, Ellen Stewart, and John Virga.
 
Learn More
 
 
REMEMBER TIME TO PLAN FOR UPCOMING EVENTS
 
If you have an annual event you want to promote on our e-blasts please contact the Chamber at chamber.admin@centralcatskills.com
 
 
FLEISCHMANNS STREET FAIR SUNDAY, MAY 25, 2023 WELCOMES VENDORS
 
If you are potentially a vendor, please get in touch with Yvonne Reuter at reuteryvonne28@gmail.com for further information or to register.
 
If you know someone else interested, please pass Yvonne's contact information on to them. This event gets better and features more variety every year, and we want that trend to continue!
 
The Annual Fleischmanns First Memorial Weekend Street Fair will be held Sunday, May 25.
 
 
AT THE CATSKILLS VISITOR CENTER
 
FRIDAY JUNE 9TH – THE GATHERING
SATURDAY, JUNE 10TH – ANNUAL OUTDOOR EXPO
 
Register online here https://catskillcenter.org/membershipsponsorship/great-catskills-outdoor-expo-exhibitor-application.
 
Visit: www.catskillcenter.org  Or email: stucker@catskillcenter.org.
 
 
 
19 ANNUAL MARGARETVILLE CAULIFLOWER FESTIVAL
 
SATURDAY, SEPT. 23, 2023 – VILLAGE PARK AND PAVILION
 
Tractor Parade, Pure Catskills Tent, Vendors, Food, History, Kids Fun, 1903 Auto Rally, and of course Cauliflower for Sale.
 
Contact: carol@centralcatskills.com for vendor information or to Volunteer.
Sponsored by the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce,
 
 
 
DEC is Hiring Staff for the 2023 Summer Camps Program
We are actively recruiting Directors, Assistant Directors, Waterfront Directors, Cooks, Nurses, EMTs, Counselors, and Camp Aides for the 2023 Summer Camps Program. All positions offer competitive salaries, plus room and board for the summer.
Locations of DEC Summer Camps:
Camp Colby in Saranac Lake;
Camp Pack Forest in Warrensburg;
Camp Rushford in Caneadea; and
Camp DeBruce, near Livingston Manor.
 
Learn more about the employment opportunities at DEC's Environmental Education Camps.
This is a unique opportunity to work at a rustic and beautiful summer camp in the Catskills, Adirondacks, or Western NY. Our week-long residential programs draw 11–17-year-old youths from across NYS for life-changing experiences in the outdoors. NYSDEC Summer Camps combine environmental education, hunter education, and outdoor recreation to create an adventurous experience for youth. Camp staff engage campers in ecological principles such as field, forest, aquatic, wildlife, and human impact and outdoor skills including backpacking, camping, and canoeing.
 
How to apply
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and unofficial college transcript to campemploy@dec.ny.gov.
Email is preferred, but you may mail your application to:
DEC Camps Employment
C/O Camps Administrator
625 Broadway; 3rd Floor
Albany, NY 12233-5256

Attend a DEC Summer Camp Program
 
Are you a parent or guardian hoping to send your child to one of DEC's Environmental Education Camps this summer? Registration for 2023 begins on Sunday, April 2 at 1 p.m. Please prepare for registration by following the instructions on the How to Register for Camps webpage. We highly recommend that families fill out all the required camper forms and waivers before registration opens. Completing all forms and waivers ahead of time will significantly speed up your registration process.

DEC'S ANNUAL SPRING SEEDLING SALE NOW OPEN
The DEC Colonel William F. Fox Memorial Saratoga Tree Nursery's annual seedling sale is happening now through May 12th! Dozens of tree and shrub species are available for purchase for conservation plantings across New York State. Browse this year's selection on our website, and get your order in early because many favorites go quickly. We recommend placing your order by phone for the most up-to-date species availability information. Seedlings will be shipped mid-April through May.
Pictured: tree seedlings at DEC’s tree nursery.

ANNUAL SCHOOL SEEDLING PROGRAM FOR EDUCATORS BEGINS
Looking to involve your students in hands-on learning about the role of trees in ecosystems as well as participate in conservation? DEC’s School Seedling Program provides seedlings from the Colonel William F. Fox Memorial Saratoga Tree Nursery to youth organizations and schools in New York. Apply online by March 31 for your chance to receive 30-50 free tree or shrub seedlings to plant with your students. Each school or organization may receive one order per year.


 
 
GET TO KNOW THE CATSKILLS AND ITS COMMUNITIES!


THE CATSKILL MOUNTAINS SCENIC BYWAY – www.ScenicCatskills.com tells us about our history, culture and great outdoors.
Learn more by visiting our website and listen to our tours, hiking videos and discovery who we are and where you can go to enjoy your visit to the Catskills.

www.ScenicCatskills.com is the right place to visit to find where to eat, stay, shop and recreate along Route 28.
 
Other sites to visit are www.greatwesterncatskills.com (Delaware County) and www.ulstercounty.com
(Ulster County).


 
CATSKILLS VISITOR CENTER, 5096 NY-28 Mt. Tremper, NY 12457 info@catskillcenter.org
www.catskillsvisitorcenter.org  or call 845-688-3369.
Hours: DEC 1 – MARCH 31 OPEN Friday - Monday – 9:30 am – 4 pm.
 
Situated on 60 acres of forest, fields and wetlands in the hamlet of Mount Tremper, the Catskills Visitor Center is home to the visitor information center and gift shop.

 
In addition to the main visitor center building, the site features: the 80-foot tall Upper Esopus Fire Tower; 1.5 miles of peaceful nature trails (including ADA accessible trails); picnic areas; a covered pavilion; wildlife viewing; Esopus Creek access and much more.
 
 
MORE HELP TO HIKE IN THE CATSKILLS?

JOIN THE CATSKILL MOUNTAIN CLUB hikes and learn from experienced volunteers. Do not go hiking on your own if you are new to the area.

https://catskillmountainclub.org/category/upcoming-events/

For Catskill related hikes, check out the Catskill Mountain Club’s (CMC) trail challenges, including the CMC Hiking Trails Challenge, offering easy to moderate difficulty trails to hikers and walkers of different abilities.
A brochure of the hikes is available on the Catskill Mountain Club’s website.
 
 
THE CATSKILLS - A Folding Pocket Guide
Are there really cats in the Catskills? Where can I find views without a hike? Who left these tracks outside my tent? You’ll find answers to all these questions and more in this compact guide from the knowledgeable staff at the Catskill Center, a nonprofit organization that has been working to protect the Catskills since 1969 through programs like the Catskills Visitor Center, the Catskill Fire Tower Project, and the Catskill Stewards.

This waterproof, lightweight folding guide is an excellent resource for both visitors to the Catskills and residents. Easily tucks in a jacket or backpack pocket, and makes a great gift. Explorers of all ages and experience levels will appreciate the outdoor recreation tips, regional information, and full-color illustrations for identifying local plants and wildlife.

Retails for $7.95. Available at the 
Catskills Visitor Center and select local retailers. For wholesale orders, please contact Sarah McGinnis, smcginnis@catskillcenter.org
 
Link to Catskills Folding Guide on CVC website: 
https://bit.ly/CatskillsPocketGuide
 

THE ASHOKAN RAIL TRAIL
Enjoy access to 11.5 miles of safe, healthy recreational opportunities in the corridor by the scenic Ashokan Reservoir. Free, without a permit, every, day, year-round-for the first time in more than a century!
Visit:
www.catskillmountainrailtrail.org
 
DEC JOB POSTINGS
The Listing of Job Vacancies on DEC's public website has been updated for the coming week. It includes positions for Office Assistants, Environmental Engineers, and Environmental Program Specialists around the state.
Find the full list of current vacancies online at:

https://www.dec.ny.gov/about/27863.html

Coming Soon...
NYS DEC NEWS
 
IT'S TROUT TIME!
While catch and release opportunities for inland trout are now widely available year-round in New York, April 1st will always be a meaningful day for trout anglers and DEC is stocking 1.9 million trout in waters across the state.
Check out the helpful resources below to plan your fishing trip: And in case you missed it, check out #TroutWeek on DEC’s FacebookTwitter, and Instagram that covered all things trout including species information, stocking, places to fish, and more!
If you are looking for a way to learn to fish, attend a free I FISH NY clinic! DEC, the City of Rochester’s Department of Recreation and Human Services are hosting an inclusive, family-friendly fishing event on April 16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Cobbs Hill Park in Rochester, Monroe County. People of all ages, abilities, and experiences are welcome to attend. Adaptive equipment will be available for use.
 
 
BE BIRD-FRIENDLY THIS SPRING
Looking for an easy way to take care of your bird friends this migration season? Did you know each year during spring migration, many birds that are navigating the night sky become disoriented from artificial building lighting? Not only does city lighting deter the navigational abilities of migrating birds, but it also leads to an increase in fatal building collisions, killing an estimated 1 billion birds annually.
Play a part in helping to help birds survive and thrive this season by taking these simple steps
  • Make your windows safer by installing screens and breaking up reflections.
  • Dim or turn off nonessential lights. Exterior security lighting is more bird friendly when directed downward rather than into the sky.
  • Enjoy birds while helping science and conservation! Your observations will provide valuable information to show where birds are thriving or declining. Take part in the Third Breeding Bird Atlas.
New York State is also committed to helping a variety of bird species during the busy migration season to reduce bird collisions. To do our part, state-owned and operated buildings will turn off all non-essential lighting from 11:00 PM to dawn during peak bird migrations in the spring and fall. Learn more about the Lights Out initiative and more ways to support migrating birds by visiting DEC’s website.
Photo creditsElisha M. Shaw (Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge)