Connecting Families With Nature | Winter Open House

Join us and Learn About our Youth & Family Programs

Saturday, January 27, 2018 11:00-3:00, At the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center,   5096 NY-28, Mt Tremper, NY 12457 

 Join us for a discussion about hiking with children, and learn about our family hiking series. As well as, the courses we offer for families, and children.

Summit Club 2018

Part of our Young Explorers program, the Summit Club series focuses on teaching, and training children age 7-12 to safely, and responsibly enjoy hiking. We help the young explorers in this series build the skills, and knowledge to complete the required 39 hikes to complete the Catskill high peaks.

Excelsior Adventure Club 2018

 Our Excelsior Adventure Club offers young adventurers age 13-17, the opportunity to backpack some of the Catskills most legendary trails. The series allows the participants to build the skills required to plan long distance backpacking trips. As we progress through the series of hikes we will teach the skills, and techniques that allow them to safely, responsibly undertake long distance hikes. We will cover the skills required for  all stages of planning, trip logistics, re-supply planning, emergency management, as well as wilderness ethics, and leave no trace principles.The series will culminate with a trip that the participants design with the skills they have learned along the way. 

To learn more about the ways we can help your family connect with nature, register below for the winter open house.

Catskills Trout Tales 2018

Join us on April 7th, 2018

We are proud to be a part of this great event, once again! Join us as we share our knowledge of navigating off trail to the secret fishing holes of the legendary Catskills headwaters, the birthplace of American fly fishing. We will also have a model camp set up, and will be hosting a demonstration on how to cook those trout you catch, over a campfire.

You won't want to miss this event! There is something for adventurers of all ages, you don't have to be a veteran angler to have fun here! Additionally, we will be raffling off a chance to win a spot on our legendary headwaters fishing trip. This adventure will bring you to the headwaters of two of America's most famous fly fishing rivers, the Willowemoc, and the Beaverkill. 

Catskills Trout Tales at Spillian: A Fish Fest & Feast


Whether you’re a beginner looking to find out more about fly fishing Catskill streams, or you’re one of the “charmed circle” of fly fishermen, we hope you’ll join us for Trout Tales at Spillian, the fourth annual hands-on day celebrating all things trout, and the launch of the 2018 Catskills Trout Tales Season. Try, test, taste, experience, explore…

We’ll have some of the Catskills’ greatest fly fishermen sharing the secrets of casting, fly-tying, reading streams, where to hike into legendary waters and secret fishing spots, cooking trout, the right gear, and more, culminated with a superb trout feast in the evening. (And trout stories. Of course. There must be fish stories. Some may even be true…)

If you’ve always wanted to explore trout fishing but didn’t know where to start, here’s your chance! And if you love all things trout and want to get a jump on newest cool gear, come on by.

This event is the center of a growing regional celebration of all things trout throughout the Catskills in the early spring, inviting visitors to experience the magic of the birthplace of American fly-fishing, co-produced by the Ashokan Pepacton Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

• Kids welcome, and free 15 and under for the afternoon (dinner separate)
• Bring your best fish tale and win best tale-teller of the evening
• Limited seating available at dinner, so make your reservations now
• Weekend lodging available
• Learn more about Catskills Trout Tales as a growing regional partnership here