Posts About: Environment

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.

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Bear Mountain Trailside Museums

Bear Mountain State Park is an enjoyable place to visit and explore. The Park offers many activities including hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, and ice skating. And, kids will definitely love to explore the Trailside Museums and Zoo.

Get outside at James Baird State Park

James Baird State Park is a second home to me. I have been hiking this park with my dogs for 15 years. …. I have seen wildlife while hiking there: wild turkeys, coyotes, pheasants, deer, red trail hawks, and an owl.

Doing what we can on a big night

On a rainy night in early March, I set out with my husband to befriend the amphibians in our neighborhood. Since settling into our home the previous winter, we were out of tune with nature’s happenings as we focused on fixing up our tired old house. Last winter I read The Incidental Steward by Akiko Busch with THV’s online book group….