The Stream Explorers youth conference will run concurrently with the Ashokan Watershed Conference from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 at The Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, NY. Register online or call 845–688-3047.
While parents and guardians attend the main conference, youth ages 8–14 are invited to attend Stream Explorers and have a fun educational experience of their own.
Experienced educators with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County will lead the youth conference. Morning activities include using a stream table to learn how water shapes our landscapes and how manipulating stream channels changes the land around them. Following a midmorning snack, youth will explore the streamside property of the Ashokan Center and search for macroinvertebrates that will be carefully collected and identified. Lunch will be from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. followed by a hike that leads to Cathedral Gorge on the Ashokan Center grounds. The group will make stops on the hike to explore environmental topics and observe plants and animals along the trail. Youth activities will end at the same time as adult activities and parents and guardians will be reunited with their children in the Esopus Lodge (where the main conference is held).
The conference fee is $10 for adults and children attend for free. Space is limited and early registration is encouraged. Register by April 21.
The conference is organized by the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program (AWSMP) with support from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. The AWSMP is a partnership between Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County, Ulster County Soil and Water Conservation District, and NYC Department of Environmental Protection.
For more information on Stream Explorers at the Ashokan Watershed Conference, call the AWSMP office at 845–688-3047.