October 2012

Green ConnectionsAre you looking for a way to engage your students, build critical thinking skills and participate in hands-on activities while learning about the NYC water supply system? Then Green Connections is the program for you!

Green Connections is an educational partnership program that creates relationships between upstate and downstate students in the New York City Watershed. Over the course of the 16-week program, facilitated field trips, communication, and common curriculum teach students appreciation for their respective urban/rural environments, and help them make connections between healthy forests, clean drinking water, and watershed protection. The program culminates with partnering schools meeting for a field trip to NYC and a trip to the NYC Watershed.

Any 4th through 12th grade classroom teacher who has attended the Watershed Forestry Institute for Teachers (WFIT) may apply for the Green Connections Program. Applications are due Wednesday, November 28 and are available by download or by contacting Katie Palm at (865) 586-2611. 

Watershed Forestry Bus Tour Grant Program - Now Accepting Applications 

The Watershed Agricultural Council's Forestry Program offers grants (up to $3,000) to organize and conduct watershed/forestry related field trips to the NYC water supply watersheds. Applications are due January 15, 2013.

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

If you are interested in planning a project to learn about NYC water and the working landscapes that protect water quality every day, visit the Watershed Forestry Bus Tour web page or contact Jessica Olenych of Common Ground Educational Consulting at (845) 586-1600.

Bus Tour Application (PDF) 

Bus Tour Application (Word) 

Free Workshop in the Catskills for Teachers 
Field Investigations: Using Outdoor Environments to Foster Student Learning of Scientific Processes 

Brought to you by the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, this workshop will focus on ways to help students become systems thinkers, learn the skills of scientific inquiry, and understand that science doesn't happen only in a laboratory or classroom. Outdoor experiences in natural settings increase students' problem-solving abilities and motivation to learn in social studies, science, language arts and math. This workshop also includes ways to incorporate the outdoors into city school curriculum. 


Location: Frost Valley YMCA Educational Center, Claryville, NY 


Date and Time: Saturday, December 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Transportation and Directions: A free charter bus will transport teachers from NYC to Frost Valley. Reserve your seat on the bus when you register for the workshop. Driving directions HERE.  

Questions or to Register:
Email Katie Palm, Director of Programs at the Catskill Center or call (845) 586-2611.



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The Reservoir is brought to you by the Watershed Agricultural Council. The Watershed Agricultural Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to promote the economic viability of agriculture and forestry, the protection of water quality, and the conservation of working landscapes through strong local leadership and sustainable public-private partnerships. The WAC is supported by the U.S. Forest Service, New York City Environmental Protection, U.S.D.A and other sources. The Watershed Agricultural Council is an equal opportunity employer and provider.