May 2011


National Trails Day - June 4th 


Since 1993, the first Saturday of every June is known as National Trails Day, inspiring the public and trail enthusiasts nationwide to seek out, discover, learn about, and celebrate America's trail system.

Organizations in NY State are organizing events for National Trails Day on Saturday, June 4th.


National Get Outdoors Day - June 11th   

National Get Outdoors Day is a new annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun. Prime goals of the day are reaching first-time visitors to public lands and reconnecting our youth to the great outdoors. Visit the National Get Outdoors Day website to find an organized even near you. 



International Year of the Forest Poster Competition


The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is collaborating with the U.S. Forest Service and Project Learning Tree for this year's NACD Stewardship Program that has a special forestry theme to coincide with 2011 International Year of Forests. NACD has organized a poster contest: "Forests for People: More Than You Can Imagine"
The contest is open to public, private or home school students, and has five grade level categories: K-1, grades 2-3; grades 4-6; grades 7-9; and grades 10-12. 

2011 Watershed Forestry Institute for Teachers Deadline Extended - June 1st

The 2011 Watershed Forestry Institute for Teachers (WFIT) is still accepting applications. The Institute will take place from July 31 - August 5, 2011 at the Taconic Outdoor Education Center in Cold Spring, NY. 

Any 4-12th grade teacher serving in NYC or the NYC water supply watersheds (Catskill/Delaware and Croton systems) is eligible to apply. Activities throughout the week include training in environmental education curricula and the NYC water supply system, field trips, hands-on study of forestry and water quality sciences and exposure to related resources and other opportunities.

For more information visit the WFIT web page  or contact Katie Palm from the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development at
(845) 586-2611, ext. 107.

APPLICATION (Word format)


Watershed Forestry Bus Tour Grants Available

The Watershed Agricultural Council's Forestry Program offers grants (up to $3,000) to organize and implement watershed and forestry related field trips to the NYC water supply watersheds.

These grants are open to any organization, community group, professional association, 4-12th grade classroom or other entity within NYC or the upstate watershed regions (Catskill/Delaware and Croton).

For more information visit the Watershed Forestry Bus Tour web page or contact Jessica Olenych of Common Ground Educational Consulting at (845) 586-1600.

Applications are due July 15, 2011.

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