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Educators: Where will a Watershed Forestry Institute take you?

Since attending the Watershed Forestry Institute for Teachers, Heneriatta Sekyiamah has taught watershed science in and out of the classroom. Recently she introduced 4th and 5th graders from PS 214/Lorraine Hansberry Academy (Bronx) to the watershed.

2016 Hudson Data Jam: Making data “sing”

Data Jam, sponsored by the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, is designed to encourage students to share what they’ve learned about the Hudson watershed, and to highlight the large and excellent amount of scientific information that is available on the beautiful place we call home.

Bannerman Island Voices
Whispers from the castle keep

Imagine growing up in a castle in the middle of the Hudson River. Imagine your dad rowing you 1,000 feet to the Fishkill shore. There, you would cross four sets of railroad tracks, looking both ways to make sure a train wasn’t coming, scramble ….

Summertime at the Pool

Skyler’s essay placed second among middle school entries in THV’s 2015-16 school year Writing About Place contest. “When my mom pulled the car up, I got out and sat down in the big pavilion, as every morning. People showed up, but no one talked to anyone, that first half an hour was the only time that we weren’t unified as a group.”

A student goes back to the future
to tell grandma about a park

Hey Grandma. I’m your future grandson, David’s kid, writing to you about the Hudson Valley . . . a wonderful and beautiful area, especially in some places. By now you have already climbed Mt. Beacon and seen most of the valley’s vast beauty. Well one special place to me (thanks to your son) in this valley is Chadwick Lake Park.”

YardMap combines two words I truly love

When I first heard about the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s YardMap Network I was intrigued. Combining backyards and maps seemed like a perfect pairing. As I learned more about the program I became increasingly excited. This new citizen science network provides homeowners with an easy way to evaluate their yards ….

The Beacon Park

Every story starts somewhere, and this one starts at a park. One with a (previously) paved path around it, where I learned to love riding bikes far too fast. Two little jungle gyms, in the middle of a woodchip island surrounded by bright grass.

Sunshine, salt marsh, and sand shrimp
My visit to the Marshlands Conservancy in Rye

Archie Lakhman, a sixth grader at Hommocks MS in Westchester County, wrote about his experience at Marshlands Conservancy in Rye. Read on to find out why he’s “excited to go back there at a different time of year and see how it has changed.”

Writing About Place: Winning 3rd grade poems

Readers for this year’s Writing About Place contest gave top elementary school scores to Valerie Nielson’s lyrical description of the Wallkill River and Asa Miller’s tasty poem about Fishkill Farms. Read them here.

Tracking the nor’easter

There’s lots of buzz about the nor’easter predicted to bring blizzard conditions to NYC this weekend. In addition to snow and wind, forecasters expect mild to moderate coastal flooding. Get resources for using the weather to practice graph interpretation, explore earth and environmental science topics, and promote STEM skills.

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