Education and Outreach
The Environmental Cooperative
The Environmental Cooperative brings together regional environmental organizations, community groups, educators, the Vassar College community, and residents to increase their impact and expand conservation efforts in the Hudson Valley. They aim to actively create and maintain natural areas to help people connect with the outdoors and their neighbors and to foster a community mindset of environmental stewardship.
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 experience with teaching. Since its development in 1983, 45,000 children have participated in the program.
We host guided walks and events that are open to the 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.
VCNature is an environmental outreach campaign by the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve, the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns, the Warthin Museum of Natural History, and the Office of Sustainability at Vassar, with the goal of connecting the Vassar community with nature. Issues are sent out monthly. To subscribe, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Multisensory Nature Trail
The multisensory nature trail at Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve aims to provide the structure and space to learn the skills needed to forge deep connections with nature. This guide and map were created by Lydia Gold '16 as part of her senior thesis.