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Education and Outreach

Exploring a Sense of Place

Exploring a Sense of Place is a series of guided walks and events that are open to public at no charge. Our goal is to teach participants about various aspects of the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve and to increase their understanding of the natural world.

Exploring Science at the Vassar Farm

The Exploring Science at Vassar Farm program brings local elementary school children to the field station for hands-on lessons about nature and science. It also gives Vassar students who are interested in science education hands-on experience teaching second- and third-graders. Since its development in 1983, 45,000 children have participated in the program.

Emerald Ash Borer Monitoring and Outreach

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been identified in neighboring Ulster County. When the EAB arrives, all of the ash trees in our forest will die. Ash makes up about 7 % of the trees on the preserve. The loss of such a large number of trees will greatly impact our forest. People moving firewood has greatly accelerated the spread of these insects.  Read more about Monitoring and Outreach.

Ralph T. Waterman Birdclub

The Ralph Waterman Bird Club, of Dutchess County, New York, is a local group of about 400 members dedicated to the study and observation of birds and other wildlife, and to promoting research in the fields of ornithology and conservation.