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Past Programs

Of Time & Rivers Flowing: Teaching About the Dynamic Hudson, Dec. 2016, featuring staff from the Hudson River Estuary Program, NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation. Get details and resources.

Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, April 2016, featuring Mary Johnson, senior historian, Facing History and Ourselves. Read more and get resources.

At Home in the Hudson Valley: Teaching about Wildlife Habitats & Why They Matter. Dec. 2015, guided by staff from the Hudson River Estuary Program, NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation. Get resources.

Creating Access for All: Universally Designed Outdoor Learning Experiences. Kathy Ambrosini, education director, Mohonk Preserve, guided participants through exercises and strategies to engage a wide variety of abilities and learning styles. (November 2015) Read more and find resources.

Stone Workers: New Croton Dam Walking Tours. Laura Compagni-Sabella, museum educator and board member at Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct, discussed concrete, labor, water and more in tours especially designed for educators. She also share social studies activities and lesson plans she created for grades 5-11, Immigrant Living & Working Conditions at the New Croton Dam. (April 2015)

Climate change workshop participants. Photo: Bill Urbin, NPS.

Covering Climate Change in the Classroom. The Hudson River Estuary Program, NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation shared proven methods for exploring climate change with students. (Nov. 2014) Get resources.

Interpreting Northern Slavery, James DeWolf Perry, executive director, the Tracing Center on Histories & Legacies of Slavery. Cosponsors: Historic Huguenot Street, Mid-Hudson Anti-Slavery History Project, Putnam History Museum, and Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist College.

Using Primary Resources to Teach the Hudson Valley, a five-part series facilitated by Susan Stessin-Cohn and offered twice in 2012-13. Cosponsored by the SE NY Library Resources Council and made possible by a grant from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program, Eastern Region, Waynesburg University.

Virtual book groups are entirely asynchronous, i.e., participants log in each week at their convenience to get assignments and see what others are thinking. Certificates are awarded to those who finish the book, answer weekly questions based on the reading, reply to at least one post per week from a colleague, and complete a final project, such as an activity or lesson plan or a short essay, story, or poem for posting on THV’s blog. Past book groups:

The National Parks: America’s Best Idea by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns, summer 2016.

The Incidental Steward: Reflections on Citizen Science by Hudson Valley author Akiko Busch, summer 2015 and winter 2016.

Cultivating Joy & Wonder: Educating for Sustainability in Early Childhood Through Nature, Food, and Community by Emily Hoyler and Linda Wellings, edited and designed by Holly Brough, summer 2014.

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv, 2013.

Photos of past workshops by Bill Urbin, Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites, National Park Service.