Noon to 4 p.m. on:

  • Friday / Saturday / Sunday
    November 24 – 26
  • Saturday / Sunday
    December 2-3; 9-10; 16-17
  • Saturday
    December 23; December 30

The Catskill Water Discovery Center (CWDC) is extending its exhibit of an inspiring collection of children’s artwork addressing the many aspects of water, such as where it comes from and the importance of protecting it.

The winning work of NYCDEP’s 2023 Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest will be on display at the Center during special open hours.

CWDC president Carol O’Beirne remarked:

“As you view this wonderful selection of artwork and poetry you can’t help but get the sense of how concerned these young people are about the future of their clean water sources.”

The work was created by second through twelfth grade students attending public, independent, charter or parochial schools as well as homeschoolers in New York City and in the City’s East and West of Hudson watersheds. The exhibit represents the winning entries among more than 1300 submissions to New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s 36th annual contest. More information about the contest is available at: Education Programs – DEP (nyc.gov)

Coordinator of the Water Discovery Center’s exhibit space, Don L. Myers, invites families to “have fun when visiting by testing your wits and memory with our ‘Find the Facts’ and ‘Reservoir Knowledge’ games. For kids of all ages, we have a very informative coloring book: ‘Drippy’s Water Adventure’ produced by NYCDEP’s Education Department.”

Also featured is the Center’s anchor exhibit “Of Rivers and Reservoirs: The NYC Water Story”, a timeline history of freshwater in the Catskills and its supply of 1 billion gallons per day to New York City and environs. The exhibit tells the story of the sacrifices made by local residents, the extraordinary engineering project that provides naturally filtered water to 9 million people and the cooperation that makes it all possible.

The Catskill Water Discovery Center is located at 669 County Road 38, Suite 3 — the northwest corner of the Catskill Watershed Corporation building in Arkville. Look for the bear sculpture next to the Center’s entrance.