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MARGARETVILLE -June 12, 2017- Thirty education grants totaling nearly $168,000 were recently approved by the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) Board of Directors.
Twenty-six funded projects will reach more than 12,000 students and teachers with lessons on the New York City Water System and its Catskill-Delaware Watershed.
Four other grants were approved for programs and projects geared towards general and adult audiences.
CWC education grants are provided in partnership with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.
Nine new applicants were approved for funding in this 20th annual grant round. These include the Michael Kudish Natural History Preserve in Stamford, which will offer stream studies during a 2018 summer program for youth; Hanford Mills Museum of East Meredith which will take water lessons to several Watershed schools in the coming year; and the Livestock Foundation, which is developing public programming at a new agri-tourism and education center in Bovina.
CWC grants will allow several schools to send students to the Ashokan Center and to Frost Valley YMCA Environmental Education Center for direct experience at the source of the water supply for nine million people. Six schools will receive support to launch the Trout in the Classroom program.
The Catskill Center will bring its Streamwatch program to seven Watershed schools, and Farm Catskills will sponsor a project to bring the musical “Cultivating Connections” program to seven schools.
Cornell Cooperative Extension, Delaware County received a grant for a second youth leadership summit on the topic of climate change.
In New York City, the non-profit NYCH20 will offer school field trips to former reservoirs in the five boroughs, and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan will enhance programming for its outdoor water exhibit, “Dynamic H2O” that attracts thousands of families annually.
Trout Unlimited will receive a grant to conduct workshops for teachers participating in its Trout in the Classroom Program.
The Phoenicia Library will host a lecture series on angling history and culture, the Catskill Center will sponsor several public programs at the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mt. Tremper, and Time and the Valleys Museum will develop a mobile app driving tour of the Rondout Reservoir and environs.
Recipients in addition to those mentioned include Jefferson Central School, Woodstock Day School, Earth School, Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School, City Parks Foundation, PS 57, Rocking the Boat, KAPPA III, MS 324, School of the Future, Robert Wagner Junior High School, Susan Wagner High School, Dewitt Clinton High School, Lower Manhattan Community Middle School, PS 250, Manhattan Country School Farm, South Street Seaport Museum and Brooklyn Tech High School.
The CWC is a non-profit, Local Development Corporation responsible for several environmental protection, economic development and education programs in the New York City Watershed West of the Hudson River. www.cwconline.org.
Teachers, parents and school administrators will find information on Watershed and environmental education programs and resources, including some produced with funds from this grant program, at www.watersheducators.org.