Events & Hikes




Saturday, December 2, Christmas in Westport, 8:30 a.m. 

A full day of holiday spirit and festivities. Activities include a Holiday Craft Fair, Open House at Local Shops, Indoor Country Market, Fireside Stories, a Reindeer Fun Run, Cookie Decorating, Trees, Wreaths and much more. See here for more information and a schedule of events.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, December 8, 9 & 10,Christmas in Essex. Various times, see schedule.

The Magic of Christmas in Essex returns again this year, with a full complement of holiday activities and entertainments. See here for the details.

Friday, December 15, Owl Prowl, 5:30, Black Kettle Trail, Essex.

Led by naturalist and teacher, Gregg VanDeusen, this popular early-evening hike will answer those and other questions about these fascinating hunters of the night. Participants will learn about the various species of owls in the Champlain Valley area and will make owl calls to elicit their responses. VanDeusen will also discuss other types of wildlife in the area and how people cope with the dark. All ages are welcome on this family-friendly hike.

Because of the need for quiet, the Owl Prowl is limited to 15 people and advance registration is required. Call the CATS office at (518) 962-2287 or register here.

The cost for the Owl Prowl is $10 per person, under 21 is free.

It’s highly recommended that Owl Prowl participants dress appropriately for the season as the class may remain in one spot for some time.


Friday, December 29, Full Moon Hike. Location to be determined.

Hiking at night, under a full moon, is magical. Join CATS staff on the trail for a unique experience.






Make a difference! Join our trail project every 2nd Saturday. Please call the CATS office for details, 518. 962.2287.

Check back soon: the CATS’ Outreach Committee is continually working to bring you interesting and fun workshops and nature hikes.