Accessible Outdoors: Kids with Social, Emotional, and Physical Disabilities Go Outside!

“It’s exciting to watch kids develop new coping strategies and shake loose from their symptoms while they enjoy, explore, play and connect in nature.” This post features accessibility tips from Kathy Ambrosini, director of education, Mohonk Preserve.

More student poetry

Place poems by Asa, grade 2, Haldane ES, Haldane CSD, Cold Spring, Putnam County; Ember, grade 5, Berea ES, Valley Central Schools, Montgomery, Orange County; and Liliana, grade 5, Warwick Valley MS, Warwick CSD, Orange County. Enjoy!

Citizen history, part 3

It’s Your Story. Discover It! Sat., March 28, 2015, Albany Heritage Area Visitor’s Center, with genealogical research tips and videos; presentation & resources from NYS Archives; interactive tables and “building block/storytelling rooms”. Plus, additional resources to help students uncover their own family history.

Have you ever stood on a mountain and looked straight ahead?

So begins an essay by Newburgh junior Itzel Garcia. She goes on to describe Storm King and how it helped her overcome a fear of heights. Itzel had the top high school score in our Writing About Place contest.

THVIPs: Your guides to place-based learning

We wanted to introduce three new THVIPs and remind you that THVIPs are experienced place-based educators (and learners) ready to brainstorm, observe, conduct workshops, and help you use place-based strategies at your school or site. Think of them as free consultants, facilitators, critical friends, and presenters.


“I’ve been calling the Hudson Valley ‘home,’ for as long as I could speak,” writes 8th grader Brian Angevine, middle school winner in Writing About Place. “Having grown up in the suburbs with rural influences makes me respect the lifestyle that my family has maintained for centuries. My family mainly hunters and farmers ….”

Data Jammin’ grades 6-12

Data Jam challenges students to creatively tell stories for a general audience using data from the Hudson River watershed. To get in on this year’s competition register by May 4 and submit team information and parental consent forms by May 18.

Elementary school “place” poems

Readers in our annual Writing about Place contest were taken with these descriptions of items found at Olana State Historic Site and the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. Vincent Cheng, the early grade winner, will host his classmates on a trip to the latter. Charlotte Weinstein’s fifth grade class will join her at Olana.

Students write about place

For the fourth year, students around the Valley have delighted us with their impressions of–and feelings about–places in our region. Read about this year’s top-scores in our Writing About Place contest. And, watch this space over the next few months, as we publish their essays and poems.

Citizen History, Part 2

In October, we wrote about a few ready-made history projects that seemed analogous to those within the citizen science movement, i.e., planned, and to some extent managed, by regional or even national organizations. Since there weren’t many, we wanted to share some homegrown ideas and models you can adapt or duplicate.

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