December 2012

Watershed Forestry Bus Tour Grants Available
Above: Students from Baruch College Campus High
School participated in a tree planting project in
Margaretville, NY.

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 Catskill/Delaware Watershed regions.

In 2012, 17 schools and community organizations planned and explored the watersheds through Bus Tour Program. Some organizations made solo trips like the TreesNY Young Urban Foresters who toured the Catskill watershed in July. Other groups introduced their community to another; 4th graders at Stamford Central School partnered with PS 33 to connect the upstate and downstate students. Whatever your curriculum, a tour can be planned to match your goals. We work with Trout in the Classroom to assist in funding trout releases and tie that experience with overnight environmental education facilities to encourage a deeper look at environmental sciences. The opportunities are limited only by your goals.

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

Applications are due January 15, 2013.

APPLICATION (Word format)

Above: Phoenicia students explored life in the
Esopus at the Ashokan Center with the help of a
CWC Education Grant.

Have an idea for a water-related lesson or project? The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) is accepting Watershed Education Grant applications for the 2013-2014 school year from schools and non-profit organizations serving Pre-K through 12th grade audiences and teachers in the New York City West-of-Hudson (WOH) Watershed and/or within the five boroughs of New York City. (Applicants from the East-of-Hudson Watershed and Long Island outside Brooklyn are ineligible.)

Proposals that address climate change and flooding as they relate to fresh water resources, the NYC water system and the Catskill/Delaware Watersheds will receive extra attention this year.

Applications are due Monday, February 4, 2013. This program is offered in partnership with the NYC Department of Environmental Protection.

For more information email Diane Galusha or call
845-586-1400, ext. 29 (toll-free 877-WAT-SHED).

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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 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 Department of Environmental Protection, U.S.D.A and other sources.
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