Posts About: Environment

Teaching about climate science

In an April letter to members, the executive director of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) urged, “Just teach science in your classroom.” Why?

Minnewaska State Park: A Place of Wonder

Minnewaska State Park Preserve is a vital space for future generations argues a middle school teacher. “First of all, it is beautiful. I have traveled to many wild parks in America on both coasts and all over the Rocky Mountain region — and Lake Minnewaska and its surrounding land are special. Standing on top of the cliffs….

Paradise in the Hills

Sometimes, if the weather is just right, if it’s sunny with a slight breeze and there aren’t too many clouds in the sky, you can find my mother sitting on a lawn chair reading. She’ll have her sunglasses on, her legs crossed, and she’ll be reading …

A Plum of a Place

Building a throne made of rocks along the beach of Plum Point is a memory I share with my sisters. We began near the shoreline, using a huge rock already embedded in the sand as our starting point. We layered medium-sized rocks on top of each other. Then we used smaller rocks….

Rainstorms: Ideal for STEM activities

This week’s rainstorms, particularly the one that moved through on Thursday, should show how events in the watershed affect the estuary. These effects are likely to extend over several days, providing fodder for classroom activities in STEM-related classes. Precipitation was predicted to be heaviest in the Mohawk watershed and the Upper …

Black Rock

Emma Byrne is one of three top-scoring middle school students in this year’s Writing about Place. She is a fifth grader at Cornwall Central Middle School; her teacher is Patricia Young. You can read the other two middle school pieces here and here, winning elementary school poems here, and one high school essay here. Check back …

In honor of Stella

This storm’s a doozy. Send us photos, poems, adventures! In the meantime, enjoy these pics from winters past.

Sweet Wine Berries

India’s essay about Knox’s Headquarters State Historic Site is one of three top-scoring middle school essays in this year’s Writing about Place. India is a student of Patricia Young at Cornwall Central Middle School.

Cary Institute’s annual data jam

Hudson Data Jam challenges students to tell stories using data from the Hudson River watershed, e.g., historical climate and pollution trends, paleoclimate data from Lake Minnewaska, or bird migration dates. …. Students select a data set and then figure out a way to share their knowledge with others in a fun and creative way.

Predicted nor’easter: teachable moment

A strong nor’easter is predicted to bring near hurricane force winds to the ocean off New York Harbor later today — Monday, January 23, 2017. Tomorrow you can use remotely sensed data to teach a variety of STEM skills and material.