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Summer Programs

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!


You will hike, bike, paddle, sail  on area rivers, creeks and lakes.  You will conduct field research,

collect macro invertebrates, study their habitat, make friends, have fun and get wet!


Some of these programs are free!  Scholarships are available for other programs. To learn more or to sign up, click here. Here’s a recent press release announcing the programs.   


These programs are made possible with funding from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Mohawk River Basin Program,  the Bender Science Fund and the Times Union Hope Fund.

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The River Current

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 and a half 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!

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Fort Plain Freshwater Ecology

7-14 - 7/18 - For youth  from 13-17 years of age in the Fort Plain and Canajoharie School Districts - FREE!  more info…

Minekill State Park Freshwater Ecology  7-21- 7/125  For youth  from 10 - 16 years of age living in southern Schoharie County - FREE!  more info…

Otsego Lake Ecology Summer Adventure  Choose from one of two one-week programs. 7/28 - 8/1 or, 8/4 - 8/8.  For youth from 13-17 years of age.  Sail, paddle, swim, hike & bike, while learning about freshwater ecology.  Transportation from the SRC is provided.   more info…

Schoharie Creek Freshwater Ecology Summer Adventure  Choose from one of two one-week programs. 8/11 - 8/14 or, 8/18 - 8/22.  For youth from 11-15 years of age. Sail, paddle, swim, hike & bike, while learning about freshwater ecology on the Schoharie, Normanskill and more.  Transportation from the SRC is provided.   more info…

Mohawk River Ecology Summer Adventure  8/25 - 8/29.  For youth from 11-17 years of age.  Learn about freshwater ecology on the Mohawk River and its tributaries.  Meeting at the Capital Region Maritime Center in Alplaus.   more info…