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02-174-CLC News Fall 2002 - Columbia Land Conservancy

02-174-CLC News Fall 2002 - Columbia Land Conservancy

Educational Events and

Educational Events and Programs Fall 2002 2002 Environmental Education/ Outdoor Program Highlights “Interest and attendance in these programs underscores the importance of establishing public conservation areas as outdoor classrooms in Columbia County,” says CLC Environmental Educator Fran Martino. “I’m pleased that CLC is able to create these customized programs in partnership with a talented team of co-leaders, teachers, and volunteers.” CONSERVANCY NEWS So far this year, more than 2,000 people have taken advantage of the free environmental education and outdoor programs offered by the Conservancy on protected lands. Throughout the county, children and adults participate in day and evening programs, including canoe trips, botany hikes, stream explorations, fishing and water ecology workshops, coyote walks, owl prowls, and astronomy programs. In addition, CLC works with area teachers, youth groups, and enrichment programs to provide educational programs that meet their needs. CLC aspires to connect children with nature and instill a sense of stewardship during its programs, such as The Second Annual Father’s Day Fishin’ with Fran program. Pamela Price 10 Tony Colyer-Pendás CLC education programs bring science to life, as these students learn through stream quality monitoring at Crellin Park in Chatham. Widely successful, CLC’s programs would not be possible without the generosity of The Educational Foundation of America, the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation, the David Rockefeller Fund, the NYS Environmental Protection Fund through the Hudson River Estuary Program, and CLC supporters. CLC members receive seasonal updates of new programs. In addition, general notices are published in area newspapers. We hope you will join us on one of our programs next year. For more information or to register for a program, contact Fran Martino at (518) 392-5252, ext. 205. ❧

CONSERVANCY NEWS Fall 2002 During one of our aquatic ecology programs, children explored a wide variety of plants and animals, from duckweed and sedges to snakes, insects, and fish. Pamela Price Educational Events and Programs Tony Colyer-Pendás This year so far, over 2,000 children and adults attended CLC’s education programs, held on protected land. Students from Germantown School practice a lesson in measurement at the Greenport Conservation Area. The Conservancy also works with Girl and Boy Scouts, 4-H Clubs, and children who are home-schooled. Contributed by participant Outdoor/educational programs offered this fall included: • Straw Hat Sunday—We dusted off our straw hats for an old-fashioned Sunday on the Hudson River. Participants shared family stories as they canoed the calm waters of Stockport Creek. • Rolling Ramble II—Designed to meet the needs of physically challenged individuals, this program brought visitors to Greenport Conservation Area’s gazebo overlooking the Hudson River. • Heebie Jeebies—This coyote walk at Beebe Hill State Forest sent shivers through the crowd, as participants listened to the eerie sounds of nearby coyotes. • Spurs that Jingle Jangle Jingle—Families walked in the woods in search of Meleagris gallopavo, the Wild Turkey, at the Hand Hollow Conservation Area. • Fall Foliage Canoe Trip and Sunset Paddle at Sutherland Pond—Participants enjoyed the magnificent autumn foliage during a paddle along the Hudson River’s North Bay; canoeists on Sutherland (“Ooms”) Pond in Chatham enjoyed a rising full moon while learning about Columbia County’s newest public conservation area. ❧ 11

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