Catskill Center for Conservation & Development


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845-586-2611
43355 State Hwy, 28, PO Box 504
Arkville, New York 12406

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Thorn Preserve

Thorn Preserve is comprised of 60 beautiful acres near the Town of Woodstock, Ulster County. View the map below for detailed location information.

The preserve boasts the most painted views of Overlook Mountain. Sweeping grassland habitat, riparian forest and ponds make this spot a profoundly relaxing and peaceful area. Mowed walking paths are easily accessible from John Joy Road. Thorn Preserve will remain an undeveloped landscape, which will allow us to offer nature-based education, sustainable agriculture, model stream management, and an ideal artists’ retreat.

Thorn Preserve is also home to the Save the Hemlocks project, a program of the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership. The Catskill Center is working to develop a biocontrol at the landscape scale to prevent the devastation of our Hemlocks, the backbone of the Catskill region. Visit the CRISP page to learn more.

Generous donations from our followers allow us to maintain and improve the facilities and programming offered at the Thorn Preserve.  Please consider making a gift in support of our work there.  During the online donation process, you will be able to designate the Thorn Preserve as the recipient of your gift.

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Catskill Center for Conservation & Development
43355 State Hwy, 28, PO Box 504 Arkville, NY 12406
Phone: 845-586-2611
Since 1969, we have led the effort to protect the Catskill Park and Catskill Forest Preserve, while enriching the vitality and sustainability of our communities.