This weekend: See the fire towers glow and earn a badge

Above: Our Catskill Fire Towers badge on a proud hiker's backpack. Photo by Lisa Lyons. 

The Catskills fire towers are already pretty neat, but they're going to be especially awesome this weekend. For half an hour after dark on Saturday, the cabs of all five historic fire towers will be aglow with light.

From the event listing in our calendar

Like huge fireflies dotting the Forest Preserve, the Catskill fire towers will be lit up at 9:00 PM on Saturday, August 31 for approximately 30 minutes (Raindate-Sunday, September 1) ... When you see a light, you are looking back in time almost 100 years – a time when large Catskill hotels known as mountain houses still existed where many famous people spent the hot summer months avoiding the heat and summer diseases of New York City.

Remember, if you hike a Catskills fire tower this summer, you are eligible for our Catskill Fire Tower badge (see above). Details for how to hike the fire towers and how to earn your badge are here

Watchers of the Mountains: Catskill Fire Tower Lights. Saturday, August 31, 9pm. For more info, call the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development at 845-586-2611 or email at [email protected]For more info, click here.