Nature Preserve News

Nature Preserve News

Nature Preserve Updates

Join us Saturday, July 29 for our Nature Preserve Welcome Sign unveiling. Learn about our future Nature Preserve plans and share your ideas.

While you’re here, enjoy two current exhibits. “Of Rivers and Reservoirs: The NYC Water Story” and NYCDEP’s “Water Champions” – Water Resources Art and Poetry Student Contest Winners.

The Catskill Water Discovery Center
669 Hwy 38, Arkville, NY
Open Saturdays, Sundays and Holiday Mondays from noon-4pm.

Creative Adventures in Art and Play (CAAP)

Creative Adventures in Art and Play (CAAP)

Winter 2023

Catskill Water Discovery Center
669 Hwy 38 Suite 3
Arkville, NY 12406

Children ages 4 – 9 are invited for art and creative playtime sessions at the Water Discovery’s Exhibit Hall from 2 – 4 p.m on the following dates:

  • January 28
  • February 11 & 26
  • March 11 & 25

Artist facilitators will gently guide children’s creative playtime as they create their own masterpieces out of recyclable and natural materials.

Register today! There is no fee for the program.

Inspired by the CAPE (Community Adventure Play Experiences) model:

Developed by Sarah Lawrence College’s Child Development Institute, these creative play sessions foster kids creative spirits and abilities — and they’re FUN!

Register your child
for up to five art/play sessions
by contacting:

Don Myers
Program Administrator
(845) 399-3913

Parent or responsible adult must be present (but will be encouraged to enjoy the company of other parents and learn about the Water Discovery Center.)

Masks are encouraged but not required.

We are required to cancel if there is snow that requires removal. Participants’ parents will be notified directly.

NYC DEP Exhibit

NYC DEP Exhibit

Student Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest Winners

“Water Champions” Exhibit at the Catskill Water Discovery Center.

Artwork and poetry created by students in New York City and areas of the Catskill Mountains that comprise the NYC Watershed is on display annually at the Catskill Water Discovery Center. The work represents the winning entries from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) annual Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest.

This year, more than 1,300 second through twelfth grade students representing 90 schools in New York City and the East and West of Hudson Watersheds participated. “Students submitted entries that beautifully depict an understanding of and appreciation for New York’s shared water resources and the importance of water conservation and protection,” says DEP Director of Education Robin Sanchez. For more information about DEP’s Art and Poetry Contest, visit

DEP manages New York City’s water supply providing approximately 1 billion gallons of high-quality drinking water each day to more than 9 million residents, including 8.3 million in New York City.

The water is delivered from the Croton, Catskill, and Delaware Watersheds that extend more than 125 miles from the city and comprise 19 reservoirs and three controlled lakes. Thanks to strong community partnerships and significant investments in watershed protection programs, the Catskill and Delaware watersheds remain the largest unfiltered supply of drinking water in the United States today.

To learn more, visit: