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Our OAT program is full for 2014, but we are accepting names for a waiting list in case we have any unexpected cancellations.
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(We will keep you apprised of other upcoming science related programs and make sure you receive information for the 2015 OAT program.)
This website is supported in part by the NYS EPF, DEC, and a 2013 Conservation Capacity Grant administered by
The Land Trust Alliance.
OAT PARTICIPANTS PREPARE FOR RIVER FUN!
Our popular Outdoor Adventure Trip (OAT) for Youth proved particularly popular this year as fifteen enthusiastic students prepare for an educational, fun and active four days exploring the Battenkill Watershed.
Our on-site Director, Randy Jennings returns with three assistants while bringing in guest teachers to focus on water-safety, biology, river science and astronomy.
This year we welcome students from throughout the Capital Region, Massachusetts and New Jersey. In addition, two spots were donated to the Greenwich Youth Center and awarded to the winners of a special essay contest of "Why I Love Greenwich". Matt Ginart and Drew Carnahan of Greenwich were chosen as the winners for their essays. You can read Matt's submission by clicking here.
The OAT Program has proven to be a wonderful way to teach students science based advocacy, responsible stewardship and a life-long love for the river.
THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING IN OUR 4TH ANNUAL 'BATTENKILL RUNS THROUGH IT' FESTIVAL!
Battenkill Conservancy's Fourth Edition of “The Battenkill Runs Through It” Beach, Music & Food Festival, took advantage of the perfect weather to entice not only food and music lovers to the Battenkill but also offered the Battenkill Picnic Plate loaded with ribs, beans and salads for free to all who arrived by kayak or canoe. It was part of BkC's “Its Your Battenkill, Explore It” campaign to increase usage and improve public access to the river.
The festival offered a full day of entertainment lead by popular public radio music DJ, Dave Michaels of the Exit, 97.7 W-EXT with performances by the Roadhouse Rhythm & Blues Band, the Saratoga High School Fiddle Club, Bob Warren and Joy Mackenzie, the talented blues & jazz quartet, the Roadside Blues Band and Elizabeth Woodbury & HEARD, a world jazz ensemble featuring upbeat, global influences from Africa & Brazil.
Notwithstanding the musical entertainment, family friendly activities and top quality food, BkC's Community Citizen, Sally B. Tefft stole the show with her reading of an original poem about the Battenkill. BkC chose Mrs. Tefft as the recipient of its 3rd annual Community Citizen Award based on her nearly 75 years of community service to the Washington County communities. The 96 year old Mrs. Tefft, who only recently gave up her position as Publisher Emeritus of the newspaper she ran for decades, arrived at the ceremony prepared to share her original poem with the crowd.
After an endearing introduction by Senator Betty Little, Mrs. Tefft read her poem, acknowledged the crowd and the community for their support and graciously accepted the hand made plaque created by local printmaker, Luke Anderson. Mr. Anderson, who purchased the Journal Press's original printing presses and now creates embossed invitations and cards, created the plaque with pieces of wood salvaged from the paper's former home on Salem Street. Following Mrs. Tefft's acceptance, Lili Loveday and Dancers offered a tribute to the river entailing quiet music and movement.
Later in the afternoon, the traditional cupcake eating contest, the drawing of the raffle prizes, an impromptu obstacle course and the ever popular Science Bug Table kept everyone on their toes. The Battenkill Runs Through It Beach, Music & Food Festival is an annual event produced by the Battenkill Conservancy to promote greater public awareness of the river and provide outreach for the organization's mission of preserving and enhancing the Battenkill watershed. For additional information, to donate or become a member, please click here.
Stay tuned for updates on our 5th Annual BRTI - Saturday May 30, 2015.
Greenwich Memorial Day and Whipple City Parades
Battenkill Conservancy's parade float, part of its outreach program, reminds the public to keep the river beautiful.
A Big Battenkill Thank You! to the Volunteers who helped at our Sunday River Clean Up.
We just wrapped our Sunday River Clean Up and in case you are wondering why your help is needed and about the importance of our work, take a look at what we dragged out along a relatively short stretch of the Battenkill.
The "Give Back by Taking Out" river and highway clean ups are just one of the ways we strive to preserve and enhance the Battenkill watershed. The Battenkill Runs Through It Festival, which thanks to all of your financial and in kind services, donations and volunteer hours, is another way we work to enhance the river and make people aware of the treasures in their backyard.
Thank you for helping us remind the community that "It's Your Battenkill, Explore It!"
Battenkill Conservancy's River Watch Receives Support from RBC's Blue Water Project
Battenkill Conservancy's River Watch “Discovery” Program is proud to have been chosen to receive support from RBC's Blue Water Project, a historic, wide-ranging, 10-year global commitment to help protect the world’s most precious natural resource: fresh water by supporting community initiatives and programs focused on watershed protection.
BkC's River Watch “Discovery” Program will look to promote and expand outreach efforts within the community to highlight the importance of long-term water quality monitoring. BkC's River Watch provides valuable and consistent water quality data to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and has been doing so for over 10 years. The Discovery Program will look to engage various groups in public education forums as well as provide the opportunity for groups to participate in hands on riverside water monitoring days.
In addition to working with local groups to build knowledge related to water quality improvements including riparian buffers, native species plantings and storm water runoffs, BkC will produce a River Watch Summary Report. The report will review the program findings of the past 10 years, produce a trend analysis of the data and make recommendations as to specific steps and course of action for the future.
David Connors, a financial advisor with RBC, is originally from Hudson Falls and was instrumental in working with Battenkill Conservancy to obtain RBC's support and provide guidelines for the program. Having grown up in the area and now living with his young family outside of Albany, Dave recognizes the importance of clean water not only for the larger environment but also as a key natural resource vital to everyone's everyday basic health.