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Upcoming Events

Welcome to the Schoharie River Center!

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7 Weeks of Summer!

We’ve put together 7 weeks of exciting summer programming for youth in the capital region.  If you are looking for something fun and adventurous to do this summer, then be sure to sign up for one of these week long programs designed to teach students about freshwater ecology and have fun while doing it!

Some of these programs are free! To learn more or to sign up, click here.

Stone Soup Reading Group

Dates for our the next Stone Soup reading series are set - 4/22, 5/20 and 6/10 at 6:30pm. The topic for this series is “All about food”. Soup is provided, you bring a dish to share - more information...

Braided Rug Repair Workshop

Helen Condon returns to hold a two-day workshop showing how to make repairs to your favorite braided rag wool rug.  More information

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The River Current

SUNY Cobleskill Wildlife Expo

EST & SRC will have a booth at this event, on April 26th at the village green in Cobleskill, NY. we’ll have information about our summer programs, and live macro-invertebrates on-hand.

Shenectady Kids Arts Festival

EST & SRC will have a booth at this community event on Jay Street in Schenectady, NY on June 7th

In December 2010, the SRC purchased a piece of property in Burtonsville, NY on the Schoharie Creek (2025 Burtonville Rd) along with 20 acres of land and a house (photo bottom left).  EST now meets here and we hold many other events at this location.

Three years later, we are in the midst of adding an addition to our new building to add a science laboratory and expand our meeting space as well as to make the building handicap accessible.  We are almost finished - the building is installed on its foundation, we have electricity, heat, water and plumbing.  We still need to install a handicap accessible ramp, parking, siding, add an extension to our deck.

We’ve raised some funds for this project, but we continue to need your financial assistance, in order to complete our vision of making this building a science center and meeting place. The new Environmental Science Center and Riparian Nature Preserve is a center for public use and open to the community and Capital Region for the study and enjoyment of nature and our local environment, and now we’re growing.  Click here to see a list of the materials and more details about the project.  We need to raise about $10,000 to complete this project.  Please consider making a donation to help us finish.  

There is no other comparable facility in the Capital Region and we hope you will understand how your investment at this time will help create a tremendous resource for the public good, now, and for future generations to come.

You can help us by making a secure tax deductible donation right here, with your credit card or PayPal, just click the Donate button near the top of this page.  

Our Science Lab addition is almost done!

We are very excited to announce that the Schoharie River Center will be hosting a Train-the-Trainer program conducted by the New York State DEC, on June 14th.  NYS DEC is seeking citizen scientists for stream and river monitoring as part of the Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators (WAVE) project.  

WAVE data are used to augment the work of the DEC Stream Biomonitoring Unit, which samples streams and rivers across the state to create an inventory of stream water quality.  Citizen Scientists will provide valuable information to assist in identifying healthy stream sites and flagging sites that potentially have water quality concerns. These data are included in federal and state water quality reports and help to target professional assessments and local restoration or conservation efforts to where they are most needed.

Citizen scientists visit stream sites once per year, anytime between July and September, and collect macroinvertebrates - insects and other small organisms - from the rocks and rubble on the stream bottom. These macroinvertebrate samples are transported back to the NYSDEC where staff identify and analyze the sample to determine water quality conditions.

This year, citizen scientists can participate in the WAVE project in one of two ways: citizen scientists can join a local WAVE group lead by a trained local coordinator OR they can sample independently.  Local coordinators and citizen scientists working independently can receive free WAVE training from NYS DEC at the Schoharie River Center on 6/14/14.

For more information, or to sign up, contact Alene Onion, WAVE Coordinator, NYS DEC, at

Become a Citizen Scientist!

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