We admit it. We’ve got big eyes. We look around at all of the great things happening in the Catskills and we want to jump into the action. But, alas, we could use lots more help. Here’s what’s coming up. See something that appeals? Just get in touch with us and we’ll tell you how you can help.
- We’re going to be building a brand new trail as soon as the thaw allows. It’s on a cool site with historical features and significance, and it’s in easy walking distance of the 100 year old Ashokan Reservoir with its great views, multi-use paths, bald eagles and all of that water, which is, of course, the point.
- We’ll be relocating a portion of our Shavertown Trail due to a logging operation that will harvest the many ash trees on the parcel that are threatened by emerald ash borer, a destructive invasive species. Let’s face it, the cut won’t be pretty even if the beetles are. We aim to fix that.
- Did we mention trails? Well, we have four others that are going to need a little maintenance after the trials of winter. Maybe you think we’re weird, but to us this is fun. See for yourself!
- We’ll let you in on a little secret. We’re planning our first ever club picnic. We need help organizing it. You know….. food, games, hikes, the works. So if you like to party, this may be for you. But don’t tell yet. And for heaven’s sake, don’t mention it on social media. This isn’t another Woodstock Festival.
- If you have professional skills that we might benefit from and you are willing to donate your services, please let us know. We occasionally need advice with membership drives, fundraising, legal questions, promotional material design, web design, sign making and more.
- We have other needs as well, including volunteer representation at local street fairs and similar events and help keeping trailheads and visitor centers supplied with the guide to the CMC’s trails, a brochure with trail descriptions and maps. If you live in New York City or northern New Jersey and could help us place our trail brochures in popular outfitters like Campmor, Tents and Trails, etc. we would like to work with you to make that happen.
- Did we mention trails? We are going to be maintaining the trails at the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center. This job differs from our other trail maintenance in a couple of ways. First, the trails are mostly ADA accessible trails, so they are easy walks. Second, the CIC is a busy place and it will get busier. As a result, the trails will need to be checked once a month and crew members will need to be on call to clear a downed tree or other trail blocking object within a week. The total length of the trails is about one mile, so the time spent per visit should be relatively short.
Volunteering is easy. Just go to our email list and register your name and email address, then check the category of service you’d like to provide. You can be more specific in the field provided for a description of your interests, if you like. Another option is to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.