Posts Tagged ‘youth’

Watershed Detectives Club Is Off To A Great Start

Posted on: October 22nd, 2020 by Brent Gotsch
A scene from the inau­gur­al ses­sion of the 2020 Water­shed Detec­tives Pro­gram held at the Ashokan Cen­ter. Pho­to by Matt Helf­frich

The ongo­ing COVID-19 pan­dem­ic has forced many events and activ­i­ties to be can­celled or switched to an online for­mat and for good rea­son. Tra­di­tion­al school­ing for many stu­dents in the water­shed has moved online ful­ly or in a hybrid of online and lim­it­ed in-per­son teach­ing. Most after­school activ­i­ties on school grounds have been can­celled indef­i­nite­ly. Sad­ly, because of this there is a dearth of oppor­tu­ni­ties for extracur­ric­u­lar activ­i­ties around most sub­jects, though espe­cial­ly sci­ence edu­ca­tion. While the con­cern about the safe­ty of in-per­son edu­ca­tion is war­rant­ed, there are ways to hold in-per­son edu­ca­tion that reduces the risk of expo­sure to the virus. In an effort to pro­vide alter­na­tive pro­gram oppor­tu­ni­ties and to get stu­dents safe­ly engaged in a stream-based and water­shed cur­ricu­lum, AWSMP has relaunched our pop­u­lar Water­shed Detec­tives Pro­gram with added safe­ty fea­tures.

Water­shed Detec­tives has tra­di­tion­al­ly been an after­school pro­gram held at the Ben­nett Inter­me­di­ate School in Boiceville for grades 4–6. This year, instead of being held on school grounds the pro­gram is being offered at the Ashokan Cen­ter in near­by Olive­bridge, NY and for stu­dents in grades 4–8. Hold­ing the pro­gram at the Ashokan Cen­ter allows for good phys­i­cal dis­tanc­ing between stu­dents and access to the Ashokan Center’s numer­ous trails, streams and forests for learn­ing and dis­cov­ery. Sev­er­al safe­ty pro­to­cols have been put in place along with strict san­i­ta­tion pro­ce­dures to reduce the pos­si­bil­i­ty of infec­tion. While the loca­tion has changed the same great pro­gram­ming is tak­ing place where stu­dents will learn about the impor­tance of streams, water­sheds, and ripar­i­an areas.

“It has def­i­nite­ly been a chal­lenge get­ting this year’s pro­gram up and run­ning, but we have a sol­id plan in place in an effort to keep things run­ning smooth­ly,” says Matt Savat­gy, AWSMP Youth Edu­ca­tor and leader of the Water­shed Detective’s Pro­gram. “The kids are real­ly enjoy­ing being togeth­er, out­doors with their friends and are active­ly engaged in learn­ing to become stew­ards for our water­shed.”

Cur­rent­ly, the pro­gram is full. How­ev­er, AWSMP hopes to have more youth and adult pro­grams in the com­ing months. Please reg­u­lar­ly check our web­page for upcom­ing events and pro­grams offered both online and in-per­son.

The 2020 Water­shed Detec­tives Emblem
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2019 Stream Explorers Youth Adventure

Posted on: April 1st, 2019 by Leslie_Zucker

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Reg­is­tra­tion is full! To be added to a wait­ing list, call Lin­da at (845) 688‑3047. We usu­al­ly have a few can­cel­la­tions.

Join us for a fun-filled day of sci­ence-based stream activ­i­ties on Sat­ur­day, April 27, 2019 and become a Stream Explor­er! This year’s event is designed for kids in grades 3 through 7 who live in the towns of Shan­dak­en, Wood­stock, Olive and Hur­ley. Inves­ti­gate stream ecosys­tems, explore the dynam­ics of a stream, hike to a majes­tic water­fall, par­tic­i­pate in excit­ing out­door activ­i­ties, learn from stream edu­ca­tors and water sci­en­tists, and become a pro­tec­tor of our water resources!

The one-day Stream Explor­ers Youth Adven­ture runs from 8:30 am through 5:00 pm at the Ashokan Cen­ter in Olive­bridge, NY. Sign-in and reg­is­tra­tion begins at 8:30 am.

Par­ents and guardians are wel­come to attend. Reg­is­ter by April 5 for an ear­ly bird dis­count of $10 per per­son. After April 5 the fee is $15 per per­son. Reg­is­tra­tion clos­es on April 19. Down­load the reg­is­tra­tion brochure for mail­ing or reg­is­ter online at www.tinyurl.com/streamexplorers2019. For help with reg­is­tra­tion, con­tact Lin­da Gonnel­la at 845–688-3047 or lg457@cornell.edu.

Lunch and snacks includ­ed in reg­is­tra­tion fee. Event activ­i­ties take place out­doors if weath­er per­mits — be pre­pared for a vari­ety of weath­er con­di­tions! For more infor­ma­tion on event activ­i­ties, con­tact Matt Savat­gy at msavatgy@hvc.rr.com.

For direc­tions to the Ashokan Cen­ter, use this address in your map brows­er: Ashokan Cen­ter, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olive­bridge, NY 12461.

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Save the Date! Ashokan Watershed Conference on April 29

Posted on: February 21st, 2017 by Brent Gotsch

How do we sus­tain local eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment in a chang­ing envi­ron­ment? That is the top­ic of a day-long con­fer­ence in the Ashokan Water­shed on April 29, 2017. The con­fer­ence will be held at The Ashokan Cen­ter in Olive­bridge, NY. Con­fer­ence ses­sions will focus on cli­mate change, sus­tain­able eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment, com­mu­ni­ty plan­ning, inva­sive species, local fish­eries, and DEP reser­voir oper­a­tions. Plan­ning board and zon­ing board of appeals mem­bers can receive cer­tifi­cates for attend­ing four hours of train­ing.

This year, AWSMP is excit­ed to offer a co-occur­ring “Stream Explor­ers” youth con­fer­ence also on April 29 at The Ashokan Cen­ter. The “Stream Explor­ers” youth con­fer­ence will be most appro­pri­ate for chil­dren ages 8–14 or grades 3–8. All youth must be accom­pa­nied by a fam­i­ly mem­ber attend­ing the Ashokan Water­shed Con­fer­ence. The youth con­fer­ence will fea­ture hands-on out­door activ­i­ties taught by CCE edu­ca­tors dur­ing the morn­ing, and an after­noon gorge hike adven­ture in the after­noon. Chil­dren will join their fam­i­lies for lunch in the con­fer­ence din­ing hall.

Reg­is­tra­tion for the con­fer­ence will begin on March 15. Please vis­it the con­fer­ence web­site for updates and infor­ma­tion as it becomes avail­able.

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