Catskill Center holds Annual Gathering at Thorn Preserve in Zena

(Photo by Dion Ogust)

(Photo by Dion Ogust)

Heard about the Thorn Preserve, located off John Joy Road on the Zena side of town in the Sawkill Valley? You will…

On Saturday, September 21, the Catskill Center for Conservation & Development is hosting its Annual Autumn Gathering there where they’ve been developing this natural treasure in tandem with the Woodstock Land Conservancy, whose president Kevin Smith is serving as honorary chairman of the autumn gathering.

The Thorn Preserve spans 60-acres, all in the Town of Woodstock, that combines frontage on the Sawkill Creek, sweeping fields, forest lands, and one of the most popular painting spots for landscapes featuring Overlook Mountain.


“The Preserve will provide permanent protection to active floodplains, riparian forests, and grassland habitat, while maintaining public access to the property,” notes a mission statement from both environmental organizations. “Join us as we share our vision of a remarkable community resource offering nature-based education, sustainable agriculture, model stream management, and an ideal artists retreat.”

The Catskill Center Annual Autumn Gathering, featuring farm-to-table fare provided by Heather Ridge Farm of Greene County and their Bees Knees Café, fine wines, live entertainment and several selection silent auction items, runs from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday, September 21 at 55 John Joy Road, Woodstock. Reservations are requested at $60 per person.

For further information call 586-2611 or visit