The Lark in the Park is an Annual Celebration of the Catskill Park and the Catskill Mountains Region
The Catskills Lark in the Park started in 2004 to recognize and celebrate the centennial of the creation of the Catskill Park. Since its inception, the Lark has brought together hundreds of people and dozens of organizations that have participated in hundreds of events, all aimed at heightening awareness of the Catskill Mountains region of New York State and the Catskill Park. Activities have included organized hikes, bicycle trips, paddles, service, cultural and educational events. The coordination of this event is managed through a partnership between the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, the Catskill Mountain Club, The Catskill Center, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
The Catskill Park and its Forest Preserve is a 705,000-acre patchwork of public (nearly 300,000 acres) and private lands in the Catskill Mountain Region of New York State. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is responsible for managing the forest preserve lands (which are considered “forever wild”) within the Catskill Park. The primary objective being to provide outdoor recreation and access. In addition to the public Forest Preserve lands, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection owns and manages over 150,000 acres of land to protect New York City’s watershed for drinking water. The remaining land of the Catskills is owned privately.