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