Catskills Lark in the Park

(Photo by Dion Ogust)

The 14th annual Catskills Lark in the Park will be held from Saturday, September 30 through Monday, October 9. The Lark was started in 2004 by the Catskill Mountain Club (CMC) on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Catskill Park. Since its inception, the Lark has brought together thousands of people and dozens of organizations hosting hundreds of recreational events, all aimed at heightening the awareness of the Catskill Mountain region and the Catskill Park. Activities have included organized hikes, bicycle trips, paddles, stewardship, cultural and educational events. The coordination of the Lark is managed through a partnership among the Catskill Mountain Club, the Catskill Center and the New York/New Jersey Trail Conference.

During the Lark’s ten days, there will be a great variety of outdoor workshops teaching everything from fly-fishing to nature photography, kayaking to “leave no trace,” educational walks, local history, ecology, invasive plants, mushrooms and local wildlife. Each year there are maintenance workshops to improve the park’s 350 miles of foot trails and lean-tos. These events are held throughout the park within Delaware, Greene, Sullivan and Ulster Counties.

Events this year include a Backpacking Essentials hike on Saturday, September 30 from 2:30 p.m. until Sunday, October 1 at 5 p.m. An experienced long-distance hiker will host a backpacking hike and workshop for aspiring and novice backpackers. Paddle the scenic Pepacton Reservoir on Saturday, September 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A film screening of America’s First Forest: Carl Schenk and the Asheville Experiment will be held on Saturday, September 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Open Eye Theater in Margaretville. Sponsored by the Catskill Forest Association, the film explores how, at a critical time, an extraordinary group of men converged at the magnificent Biltmore Estate in North Carolina to address a critical question: Could the Scientific…

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