Organizations & Happenings

2011 S.E.E.R. Report: Environmental Organizations & Programs in Rockland

WASTE REDUCTION

  • The Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority is committed to protecting the environment and the health of the citizens of Rockland County by reducing waste that requires disposal in landfills.  This includes recycling of containers and fiber, household hazardous waste disposal, yard waste and sewage sludge (―biosolids‖) composting, and proper waste disposal. In order to increase community participation, the Authority has an education and outreach plan that provides assistance and resources to schools, businesses, and communities who need program development assistance. Group tours of the interactive Herb Reisman Environmental Education Center are also available. On the tour you will find out where our garbage goes, how recycling really works, how to turn leaves, grass and food waste into compost, how to properly dispose of household hazardous materials and other important issues affecting our environment such as energy and water quality.

WATER CONSERVATION

  • Task Force on Water Resources Management  The Task Force’s Mission: Develop a County Water Plan that ensures a safe, long-term water supply for Rockland County that incorporates sustainability, demand-side principles and conservation. It shall assemble, examine, and investigate relevant data, further County goals regarding protection of floodplains, woodlands, and wetlands, increasing groundwater supply, reducing storm water runoff, and preventing flood damages to residents and businesses. The Task Force shall also develop education and outreach programs, seek funding opportunities, and report its findings, conclusions, and recommendations to the Legislative and Executive branches of County government.

GARDENS

  • The School Garden Network (SGN) is Rockland County’s educational resource for schools with gardens or ―growing windowsills‖ that use garden-based learning activities to support curricular goals. The SGN is a collaboration of CCE Rockland Master Gardener Volunteers and Extension Educators, and is designed for all levels of gardening experience, for educators, administrators, staff and parents who are or want to be involved in establishing and maintaining a school garden. (http://rocklandschoolgardener.blogspot.com/) Cornell University offers an online course from the Department of Horticulture called ―Teaching and Learning in the School Garden – Theory into Practice‖ that provides professional development for educators focusing on curriculum-based environmental and horticultural education. The university‘s Garden-Based Learning resources provide resources that support the engagement and empowerment of children through gardening education.
    SGN Fall Newsletter

CITIZEN SCIENCE & OUTDOOR EDUCATION

Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Resources:

Field Investigations – Using Outdoor Environments to Foster Student Learning of Scientific Processes  Authors: Amy E Ryken, Patricia Otto, Kayleen Pritchard, Katie Owens (December 2007)

Schoolyard Biodiversity Investigation Educator Guide written by Erica Baker, Paciific Education Institute 2011

Farm to School
3 steps that schools can take to encourage their students to make healthy food choices and improve their nutrition

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Department of Environmental Conservation Resources

Volunteer Opportunities in the Hudson River Estuary The Hudson River Estuary Program protects and improves the natural and scenic Hudson River watershed for all its residents. You can help! Download DEC Citizen Stewardship Volunteer Opportunities handout

Citizen Science: Wildlife Observation Data Collection Help collect valuable information for the Bureau of Wildlife while out bird-watching, hiking or scouting.

Community Tree & Shrub Planting along the Sparkill Creek

Rockland County Streams map Official County Regulated Streams