The Naturalist Outreach Program offers STEM presentations by Cornell students on natural history and the environment to 2nd through middle-school students in Central New York. For 16 years, we have been enhancing local science education by sending Cornell students into local classrooms to give free, interactive, hands-on presentations to get children excited about nature and becoming scientists. We are utilizing new Generation Science Standards core ideas to link presentations with concepts for each grade. We have 25 different presentations this Fall semester, along with 15 classroom suitable youtube videos based on our materials. More information in attachments and at the Naturalist Outreach Program website: http://blogs.cornell.edu/naturalistoutreach
Dr. Linda S. Rayor, Director of the Naturalist Outreach Program
4-H TEEN WINTER WEEKEND = FUN, FUN, FUN!
2014 Theme: TBD
February 14, 15 and 16, 2014 (Friday ~ Saturday ~ Sunday)
Oswegatchie Educational Center – Croghan, New York
- A fun weekend of cross country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking
- Variety of indoor workshops: explore a new project
- Meet 4-H teens from all over the state
- Dance Saturday evening
The cost is $70.00/each for a fun-filled weekend with 4-H friends. Registration deadline is January 27, 2014 with payment due no later than February 3rd. (4-H’er must be 13 by January 1 to attend). Questions please call or email Amber Wynkoop at 315-376-5270 / email@example.com.
Date of News: Save the Date for February 14, 15, & 16, 2014
Location: Oswegatchie Educational Center – Croghan, New York
The Blazing Stars 4-H Club of Onondaga County has designed and launched their very own website and blog!
Please visit - http://www.blazingstars4h.com/
Congratulations to the 4-H Blazing Stars Club on their endeavor!
Thank you for sharing your positive youth development messages and experiences!
It happens once a year in Syracuse – on a chilly morning in November, volunteers show up in a city neighborhood to plant trees. On November 9, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County, the City of Syracuse, and Onondaga Earth Corps will work with 100 volunteers in the annual tree planting in the Near Westside neighborhood.
The trees planted on Saturday are part of the Save the Rain tree planting program, part of Onondaga County’s commitment to decreasing pollution in Onondaga Lake through the use of green infrastructure. Trees help reduce storm water and polluted water from entering Onondaga Lake, keeping water cleaner. This fall over 750 trees will be planted in Syracuse as part of the Save the Rain program – over one hundred of those are slated for the Near Westside.
Although the tree planting takes place on one morning, it takes months of preparation to make the day run smoothly, including gaining support from neighborhood residents. “We’ve made a big effort to engage the Near Westside neighborhood,” says Brenda Bennett, community educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension. “We spent the summer going door-to-door with Onondaga Earth Corps staff and program participants, talking with residents about planting trees”.
Residents learned about the Save the Rain program and the benefits of trees from crew members participating in the Onondaga Earth Corps summer program – several of whom live in the Near Westside neighborhood. As part of the program, crew members talked with residents, explained the benefits of trees and asked residents to “adopt” the new tree planted in their tree lawn, the grassy area between the curb and the sidewalk. As a result, some residents opted to adopt their new tree, helping to plant the tree on Saturday, keeping it watered during dry periods, and sharing the message about the value of trees with their friends and neighbors.
Despite the close working relationship between the City, Cornell Cooperative Extension and Onondaga Earth Corps, more hands are needed to get all those trees in the ground on Saturday. Volunteers are the solution to that problem. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County has been recruiting for weeks, bringing together volunteers from their CommuniTree Stewards and Master Gardener programs and SUNY ESF’s Community Service program, but there was an important element missing from that mix.
“We really want the whole neighborhood involved in the actual planting this year,” says Bennett. “When residents and local businesses are part of the effort, they feel invested in the new trees and proud of the work it took to get them planted.” In order to make this happen, the City and its partners stepped up efforts to involve residents and businesses and organizations located in the Near Westside. As a result, more neighborhood volunteers are involved than ever before.
“The great part of our community planting this year is increased neighborhood engagement,” explains Adrienne Canino, program coordinator for Onondaga Earth Corps. “The trees will be planted in the community by the community. Civic pride is a critical element of this event.” It’s not too late to volunteer, Canino explains, and no prior tree planting experience is necessary.
The community tree planting is Saturday, November 9 at 9:30 a.m. Volunteers are to meet at the intersection of Elliot and Rowland streets in the Near Westside neighborhood. For more information, visit Extendonondaga.org and click on the Community Tree Planting link or contact Brenda Bennett, 315-424-9485 ext. 230 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Naturalist Outreach Program
- 2014 Lewis County 4-H Teen Winter Weekend Invitation
- The Blazing Stars 4-H Club of Onondaga County has designed and launched their very own website and blog!
- City, local organizations, and volunteers prepare for annual community tree planting event
- Master Gardeners that reached 200 hours of Community Service