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"The Nature of Water" - A Science-Based Creative Learning Initiative at the Ashokan Center

idea by Kerissa Fuccillo

Website

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http://www.ashokancenter.org/

Overview of Outdoor Idea

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The Ashokan Center, an educational institution focused on natural history and the arts, is developing science-based and creative programs that use water as a theme to generate curiosity and understanding of natural resource use for students in the Hudson Valley and inner city youth from NYC.

The Specifics: What will the $5,000 fund?

The Ashokan Center is currently expanding our well-loved natural history programs to meet the needs of 21st century students by increasing STEM learning, authentic research opportunities and creative programming to engage all learners. This funding will allow us to purchase water quality testing supplies, macroinvertebrate sampling equipment, microscopes, database development for data entry and analysis, field journals, art supplies, talks from professional scientists and artists that focus on water as a main theme of their work, instructor training and program development for permanent staff.

Discussion
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I'm not sure where to register so I can vote!! I like the idea though. I'm only at Ashokan one weekend a year but it is a beloved place which is well sited for educational scientific work about water.

Penny

by Penny Novack
about 2 years ago | Reply

Think that y'all have a great place to do this kind of work and a ready made population to share it with. Did a bit of this work at Glen Echo Park , as part of my approach to "no Child Left Inside" . as noted in this report >

http://spanishballroomspirit.org/files/20080909/MINNEHAHA__Upgrade_sm.pdf

.. Spend many years trying to make this connection to kids from the city who had no idea the importance of water in thier world. Curious thought, the last time I was at Ashokan there was no animals .

Will try to get my friends to realize the value of this program and vote , as well .

by danceranger
over 2 years ago | Reply

Think that y'all have a great place to do this kind of work and a ready made population to share it with. Did a bit of this work at Glen Echo Park , as part of my approach to "no Child Left Inside" . as noted in this report >

http://spanishballroomspirit.org/files/20080909/MINNEHAHA__Upgrade_sm.pdf

.. Spend many years trying to make this connection to kids from the city who had no idea the importance of water in thier world. Curious thought, the last time I was at Ashokan there was no animals .

Will try to get my friends to realize the value of this program and vote , as well .

by danceranger
over 2 years ago | Reply

Think that y'all have a great place to do this kind of work and a ready made population to share it with. Did a bit of this work at Glen Echo Park , as part of my approach to "no Child Left Inside" . as noted in this report >

http://spanishballroomspirit.org/files/20080909/MINNEHAHA__Upgrade_sm.pdf

.. Spend many years trying to make this connection to kids from the city who had no idea the importance of water in thier world. Curious thought, the last time I was at Ashokan there was no animals .

Will try to get my friends to realize the value of this program and vote , as well .

by danceranger
over 2 years ago | Reply

Think that y'all have a great place to do this kind of work and a ready made population to share it with. Did a bit of this work at Glen Echo Park , as part of my approach to "no Child Left Inside" . as noted in this report >

http://spanishballroomspirit.org/files/20080909/MINNEHAHA__Upgrade_sm.pdf

.. Spend many years trying to make this connection to kids from the city who had no idea the importance of water in thier world. Curious thought, the last time I was at Ashokan there was no animals .

Will try to get my friends to realize the value of this program and vote , as well .

by danceranger
over 2 years ago | Reply

This seems like such a great idea. Most kids think that water just comes from "the faucet". What a great program to teach them more about where our water comes from but also, how to conserve and protect the precious water that we do have. Great work and I hope this project gets this grant and many others.

by tom krueger
over 2 years ago | Reply

Thanks for your words of support Tom. If this program gets funded, we have the potential to connect the student-scientists collecting this water quality data with citizen-scientists collecting the same data. This data will then be shared with water resource managers such as DEP and DEC and other organizations in the area focused on water issues. It is crucial for data collection measures and solid education to take place at the Ashokan Center, as the water releases and increasing frequency of storms are impacting the watershed in unknown ways. If students know that they are contributing to authentic research to help solve difficult environmental problems, they will be empowered on many levels.
Stay in touch!

by kerissa.fuccillo
over 2 years ago | Reply

This is fabulous..I do hope that the ratio of area students is comparable to those from NYC as the DEP seems to ignore this in their granting to CCE for the upper Esopus. All 'Children' with interest should be considered. I am in the process of Mapping the Route 32 corridor in the Town of Ulster. In this process I have put together a video based on a PP presentation. This is to be shown on Woodstock Public TV as well as You Tube etc. People like Riverkeeper, Mountainkeeper and Scenic Hudson have it as well as many officials in Ulster County however it is something I feel very comfortable giving any school teacher to show in the class room. The video is primarily on the biodiversity of our area. If you are interested please feel free to call me or e-mail me and we can do something about getting a copy to you. You may also like "Liquid Assets" produced for the education of all in the value of Wetlands. It is very well done --Some upper grades are viewing it but I can't see why younger people wouldn't 'Get It' ... Great work Nora Paul Budziak , Town of Ulster, NY 845 336-4502 AEINora@AOL.com

by nora.paulbudziak
over 2 years ago | Reply

The Ashokan Center has a history of educating people, especially youth, about place and nature. They have shown their ability to change and grow and are uniquely situated to reach a broad and varied audience with their programs.

by sgoldmanny
over 2 years ago | Reply

We strongly support the opportunity for creative learning of basic science especially when it allows us to engage more deeply with our natural environment. For decades Ashokan has touched so many of our youth.
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by fourdirections
over 2 years ago | Reply

The Ashokan Center is a wonderful resource for education in the environment and the arts. Located in a rural area of the Catskill Mountains, it offers opportunities for learning that aren't available anywhere else. And it's run by great, enthusiastic and committed people!

by champanier
over 2 years ago | Reply

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$5,000
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Submission Began
Friday, June 15

Submission Ended
Thursday, July 19
at 12:00 PM PDT

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Voting Began
Thursday, July 19

Voting Ended
Friday, August 03
at 12:00 PM PDT

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Winner Announced
Tuesday, August 07

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