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 The River Current

Summer Programs

Schoharie Archaeology Field School, at Lansing Manor

This is a five day archaeology studies program at historic Lansing Manor, in North Blenheim, NY, for youth ages 12 - 18.  This program runs from 6/26/17 - 6/30/17, beginning at 9am and ending at 4pm each day at the New York Power Authority Visitor Center, Route 30, North Blenheim, NY.  Enrollment is limited to 15 youth, so reserve your spot today!  Tuition cost is just $150.


Unearth local history and learn the skills, methods and techniques of archaeology by working with professional archaeologists.


For more information or to sign up, contact John McKeeby, Executive Director (518-320-4510), or email , or register online.  This program is sponsored by The Schoharie River Center, Inc., In partnership with The Schoharie County Youth Bureau.  To register, see the registration link above and the printable form.


 *Archaeology is a physically demanding activity. Participants should be prepared to walk over uneven terrain, sit for extended periods and carry potentially heavy loads

Otsego Lake Ecology Summer Adventure

This is a five day lake ecology studies adventure program on Otsego Lake (Cooperstown, NY) for youth ages 13-17.  Beginning at 9am and ending at 5pm each day at the Schoharie River Center in Burtonsville, NY from 7/31/17 - 8/4/17.  

 

Focusing on the study of lake ecology, each day you will hike, swim, paddle, sail or bike to a variety of freshwater ecosystems within the Otsego Lake watershed ,including sailing on Otsego lake aboard a 24 sail boat, paddling on the Susquehanna River, and studying the water quality, flora and fauna of area streams and Otsego Lake.   Learn about local fresh water ecology by:


Cost for the week is $300 per youth (includes transportation to Cooperstown daily).  Enrollment is limited to 7 youth, so reserve your spot today.  For more information or to sign up, contact John McKeeby, Executive Director (518-320-4510), or email.   

To register, see the registration link above and the printable form.  Sponsored by The Schoharie River Center.

2017 Summer Programs

For the summer of 2017 we have four week-long Freshwater Ecology Summer Adventure Programs for middle school and high school age youth to select from.  Each of these week long programs is designed to teach youth how to assess water quality using the NY State DEC’s WAVE methodology, while having fun outdoors.  Data that is collected will be shared with NYS DEC.   Additionally, we are offering two week-long Archaeology Field Schools.  That’s six weeks of summer adventure opportunities waiting for you!


6/26/17 - 6/30/17 - Schoharie Archaeology Field School at Lansing Manor

7/10/17 - 7/14/17 - Mohawk River Basin Fresh Water Ecology Field School (at Fort Plain)

7/17/17 - 7/21/17 - Fort Plain Archaeology Field School

7/24/17 - 7/28/17 - Minekill State Park Freshwater Ecology Field School

7/31/17 - 8/04/17 - Otsego Lake Ecology Summer Adventure

8/07/17 - 8/11/17 - Amsterdam Environmental Study Team Freshwater Ecology Field School


Enrollment is limited, so signup today!  For more information on any of our programs, please contact us.


Note that the various programs are supported by different funding sources and therefore, we can not make all of them free to the public.  We are grateful for the financial support of The Schoharie County Youth Bureau, The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, The United Way of the Greater Capital Region, Friends of Mine Kill State Park, Fort Plain Central Schools, The Friends of Fort Plain and NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Minekill Environmental Study Team Summer Program

This is a five day ecology studies adventure program for youth ages 11 – 16 yrs old, living in Schoharie County.  This program runs from 7/24/17-7/28/17.  Pre-registration is required.  Beginning at  9am and ending at 4pm each day at the Minekill State Park on Route 30 in North Blenheim, NY.  Enrollment is limited to 20 youth, so reserve your spot today!  Tuition cost is just $150.


Participants will study the ecology of the Schoharie watershed and the various environs contained in the Park. We will assess water quality, water chemistry and conduct macro invertebrate analysis of the Schoharie Creek and Mine Kill Creek (a tributary of the Schoharie). We’ll study forest ecology and wildlife of the Catskills, the impact of invasive species in the Park, and canoe on the Schoharie. Participants will:


For more information or to sign up, contact John McKeeby, Executive Director (518-320-4510), or Mairead Mulhern, Environmental Educator, Mine Kill State Park, (518-827-8685)  or email , or register online.  This program is sponsored by The Schoharie River Center, Inc., The Schoharie County Youth Bureau and The Friends of Minekill State Park.   To register, see the registration link above and the printable form.

Amsterdam Freshwater Ecology Field School

This five day ecology studies adventure program runs from 8/7/17-8/11/17 and is free to any interested youth in the Amsterdam School District between the ages of 12 yrs. – 16 yrs. old.  Pre-registration is required. Enrollment is limited to 15 youth, so reserve your spot today!  The program will begin at 9am and end at 4pm each day at the Amsterdam Free Library, 28 Church Street, Amsterdam, NY.  

 

Participants will study the ecology of the Mohawk River watershed and the various environs contained in the City of Amsterdam. We will assess water quality and conduct macro invertebrate analysis (WAVE) of the of the Dove Creek and North Chuctanunda Creek, and other tributaries of the Mohawk River.  You will:


For more information or to sign up, contact John McKeeby, Executive Director (518-320-4510), or email , or register online.  

This program is sponsored by The Schoharie River Center, Inc. and the Amsterdam Free Library with funding from the Community Foundation For The Greater Capital Region.   To register, fill out the online form, or, click this link to download and print a PDF registration form.

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Mohawk River Basin Freshwater Ecology Field School, at Fort Plain

This is a five day ecology studies adventure program for youth ages 13 - 18 and runs from 7/10/17 - 7/14/17. Beginning at 9am and ending at 4pm each day at the Fort Plain High School in Fort Plain, NY.  Enrollment is limited to 20 youth, so reserve your spot today!  Tuition cost is just $100.


Each day participants will hike, bike or paddle through their local watersheds and study the ecology of the various environs contained in the Mohawk River Basin. We will assess water quality and conduct macro invertebrate analysis of the Otsquago and Flat Creeks (tributaries of the Mohawk River), study forest ecology and wildlife of the Mohawk Basin, study the impact of invasive species, and canoe/kayak on the Mohawk. River.  You will learn about local freshwater ecology by:


For more information or to sign up, contact Lance Elliot (FPHS), John McKeeby, Executive Director (518-320-4510), or email , or register online.  This program is sponsored by The Schoharie River Center, Inc., The Friends of Fort Plain and Fort Plain Central Schools.  To register, see the registration link above and the printable form.

Registration information:

To register online for the Archaeology or the Ecology Field Schools (except for the Amsterdam program), select the program from the list below - this will take you through PayPal’s secured online checkout process, where you can choose to pay using a PayPal account, or your choice of credit/debit card - a PayPal account is NOT required.

To register online for the Amsterdam Environmental Study Team Freshwater Ecology Field School, click this link and then fill out the form - registration is free for students of the Amsterdam School District.

If you prefer to pay by check, you may click this link to download and print a PDF registration form.

Fort Plain Archaeology Field School

This is a five day archaeology studies program in historic Fort Plain, NY, excavating the former Canal Store.  This program runs from 7/17/17 - 7/21/17, beginning at 9am and ending at 4pm each day at Diefendorf Hall (47 Main Street), Fort Plain, NY.  Enrollment is limited to the first 15 people to register, so reserve your spot today!  This is open to anyone aged 12 years and older, tuition cost is just $100.  


Adults, if you’ve ever thought it would be neat to participate in an archaeology dig, here is your chance!  Unearth local history and learn the skills, methods and techniques of archaeology by working with professional archaeologists.


For more information or to sign up, contact John McKeeby, Executive Director (518-320-4510), or email , or register online.  This program is sponsored by The Schoharie River Center, Inc., In partnership with The Friends of Fort Plain.  To register, see the registration link above and the printable form.


 *Archaeology is a physically demanding activity. Participants should be prepared to walk over uneven terrain, sit for extended periods and carry potentially heavy loads