Stream Explorers, Prepare for Adventure!

Posted on: April 12th, 2017 by Leslie_Zucker

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.