Posts Tagged ‘education’

AWSMP Hosts Successful Fall Foliage Walk

Posted on: October 6th, 2020 by Brent Gotsch
AWSMP Educator Matt Savatgy teaches about watersheds during a hike on the Ashokan Quarry Trail

Last week on the morning of October 3rd, the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program (AWSMP) hosted a fall foliage walk on the recently opened Ashokan Quarry Trail in Olivebridge, NY. AWSMP has a goal of hosting safe, socially distanced, in-person events if conditions allow. While it may have been a little early to experience the fall colors at their peak, there was perfect autumn weather and all ten participants had an excellent time.

The Ashokan Quarry Trail opened earlier this year and is an easy 2-mile loop that can be completed and enjoyed by hikers of all ability levels. Key points of interest included the on-site quarry where stone used in the construction of the Ashokan Reservoir was harvested, an abandoned railroad grade and loading station, and a scenic vista where several local mountain peaks could be viewed.  Along the route, AWSMP educators taught participants about watershed science, forest ecology, the history of the site and its importance in the construction of the Ashokan Reservoir.

AWSMP normally attends many community events and functions throughout the year in the Ashokan Watershed. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many of those events have been cancelled or postponed. In an effort to keep in touch with our streamside landowners and everyone who enjoys and benefits from the Ashokan Watershed, AWSMP has shifted the majority of its education and outreach programming to an online format. AWSMP educators have posted a number educational videos to our YouTube page so be sure to check those out.

When New York entered Phase 4 of reopening earlier this year, AWSMP instituted several outdoor, socially distanced events. If conditions and public health directives allow, AWSMP hopes to have more of these types of events this winter as well as next spring and summer.

Please visit the AWSMP website for the most up-to-date listings of events (online and in-person) and stay in touch through our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.


New Video on Stream Channel Stability

Posted on: May 6th, 2020 by Tim Koch

The AWSMP office might be physically closed, but our education staff have been hard at work generating online stream based content for both youth and adults.

AWSMP Educators Matt Savatgy, Brent, Gotsch, Tim Koch, and Amanda Cabanillas.

AWSMP Educators (from left to right) Matt Savatgy, Brent Gotsch, Tim Koch, and Amanda Cabanillas during a snowshoe stream walk in 2019.


AWSMP Stream Educator Tim Koch has just released a new video on stream channel stability: what it is, and why it is important to maintain and improve the stability of our rivers and streams. This 9-minute video is meant for landowners, municipal officials, conservation advisory council members, and anyone else interested in or involved in stream management.


This video can also be viewed directly from AWSMP’s YouTube Channel.

AWSMP Watershed Youth Educator Matt Savatgy and Program Assistant Amanda Cabanillas are currently producing a series of educational videos and at-home activities for students. Follow along at home as they discuss different types of rocks, assess a culvert, and investigate stream features in a channel cross-section.


Screenshot of CCE Ulster Youth Education Video Series Website

Screenshot of CCE Ulster Youth Science Education Video Series Website


The online science series can be found at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County website and on the AWSMP website under Videos.

Check back with us in the coming weeks, especially if you are a streamside landowner or own property in the Special Flood Hazard Area as Resource Educator Brent Gotsch will be producing a series of short videos on floodplains, floodproofing, and all things flood insurance. In these upcoming videos, Brent will teach viewers how to read a flood insurance rate map (FIRM) and the workings of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) among other flood related topics.

As always, our education and technical staff are available to answer any stream, floodplain, or riparian buffer related questions! Call the AWSMP office main line at (845) 688-3047 for assistance or email


Stream Explorers, Register Now!

Posted on: March 19th, 2018 by Samantha Kahl

Stream Explorers of the Ashokan Watershed, Grades 3 through 7, are invited to take part in this year’s Stream Explorers Youth Adventure on Saturday, April 14th! The Youth Adventure will run from 8:30am to 4:30pm at the Ashokan Cen­ter in Olive­bridge, NY. Stream Explorers can expect to enjoy a fun-filled, action-packed day in the outdoors learning about how streams work, investigating stream ecosystems, and learning to use science tools to assess stream health! A hearty lunch, as well as morning and afternoon snacks will be provided.

The Earlybird registration deadline has ended, but regular registration is still available.

Space is limited, so don’t delay!

Register by April 6th here and check out our brochure for more information!


AWSMP Now Accepting Applications for Part-Time Program Educator

Posted on: March 22nd, 2016 by Brent Gotsch

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County is seeking a part-time Program Educator to work within the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program at its Shokan, NY office. This is a temporary, 24-week position and is a great opportunity for those looking for experience in the environment and natural resources field. Applications are due no later than April 15, 2016.

The Program Educator will be tasked with delivering educational activities at watershed community, volunteer, and school events. They will prepare written materials for several projects, including displays, fact sheets and websites on flooding and floodplain management. The Program Educator may also be called upon to assist other AWSMP partner agencies with tasks such as bioengineering projects, installation of native riparian vegetation, and monitoring projects.

More information and instructions on how to apply can be found at