Frost Valley YMCA is situated across about 5,500 acres.  This land is home to vast natural resources in the heart of the Catskills, which are managed by the Natural Resources and Environmental Science Department.  Our land is managed for multiple uses, including recreation, watershed protection, diversity, timber, fish and wildlife, and aesthetics.

Upcoming 2020 Events

For more details, please view our Events Calendar.

Hunter and Bow Hunter Safety Courses:

April 18: Hunter Safety Course – 9 am-5 pm
April 19: Bowhunter Safety Course -9 am-5 pm
September 19: Hunter Safety Course – 9 am-5 pm
September 20: Bowhunter Safety Course -9 am-5 pm

Interested in hunting? All first-time hunters are required to complete a hunter education course before they can get a license in New York State. First-time bowhunters are required to complete a bowhunter education course in addition to the hunter education course. First-time trappers are required to complete a trapper education course (not currently offered at Frost Valley YMCA). Trained instructors certified by the Department of Environmental Conservation teach safe and responsible outdoors practices and the important role of hunters and trappers in conservation right here at Frost Valley! All courses are FREE of charge (lunch provided for a fee), but space is limited — sign up early! Register at this link: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7860.html. For more information, contact us at 845-985-2291 ext 217, naturalresources@frostvalley.org
 

Maple Sugar Open Houses:

March 21, 22, 28, & 29; 10 am – 4 pm

Visit one of Frost Valley’s maple sugar open houses to learn about how pure maple syrup is made. See the tap to table process, identify a sugar maple tree, see our evaporator, and try a sample of fresh syrup.

3D Archery Shoots:

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Frost Valley YMCA hosts 3D Archery shoots every year in late August through early September. The events take place at 2244 Frost Valley Road in Claryville; just down the road from Frost Valley’s Main Camp. All ages and experience levels are welcome. The events are free for Frost Valley Outdoor Sporting Participants. For non-participants, adults and teens 16 and older are $20, children 7-15 are $8, and children 6 and under are free. Guests are asked to bring their own archery equipment for shooting the course. The 3D archery course consists of a half-mile loop trail with 28 three-dimensional targets along the way, including deer, bears, turkeys, and even a stegosaurus! Shots for various skill levels are marked with color-coded stakes. Archers receive a score based on where their arrows land. After some friendly competition, participants and their families can enjoy a barbecue picnic together, which is included in the entrance fee. The event concludes with an awards ceremony.