FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE03-38
York City And Watershed Teachers: Learning Together About The New York
City Water Supply System
Commissioner Christopher O. Ward of the New York City Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) announced today that 23 teachers from New York City and
upstate watershed schools will take hikes, wade streams and visit working
forests and reservoirs to learn about the New York City water supply system
and the DEP’s watershed protection efforts.
The fifth annual Watershed Forestry Institute for Teachers provides middle
and high school science teachers with the skills and knowledge to help
their students learn about the connection between watershed forests and
water quality. The program begins Tuesday afternoon, July 15th, and ends
Friday afternoon, July 18th. Teachers will be provided with all materials
and curriculum and college credits, if needed.
The Institute will be based at the Frost Valley YMCA Straus Center in
the heart of the Catskill Mountains and the New York City watershed. The
Straus Center provides a wonderful setting for participants to learn about
watershed forest issues. The presenters include professional forestry
staff and watershed specialists from government, private and non-profit
Facilitated discussions about New York City watershed issues help participants
understand how forest management impacts both rural and urban citizens.
Participants will measure and observe trees with conventional forestry
equipment and learn how to help students understand and appreciate forests
in their own communities. Teachers will “get their feet wet”
when studying the aquatic life found in the East Branch of the Neversink
River. Field trips include visits to a model forest research and demonstration
site, as well as a New York City reservoir educational kiosk. Fieldwork
plays a major role in this intensive 4-day program, so teachers will be
involved in learning, a little hard work, and a lot of fun while in the
company of their watershed/New York City partners.
The Institute for Teachers is an educational program of the six-year
old New York City Watershed Forestry Program, which is administered by
the non-profit Watershed Agricultural Council (WAC) with funding from
the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and USDA
Forest Service. The 4-day Institute is coordinated by the Catskill Forest
Association in partnership with WAC, DEP, USDA Forest Service, New York
State Department of Environmental Conservation, SUNY - College of Environmental
Science and Forestry, Frost Valley YMCA, Catskill Center for Conservation
and Development, and other Watershed Forestry Program partners.