Since 1999 the Schoharie River Center, Inc. has been serving youth, their families and communities in Schenectady, Schoharie and Montgomery Counties. Our Environmental Study Team program (EST) has been actively engaging and involving over 800 area youth (and their parents) in the scientific monitoring of freshwater resources and the study of local ecology, history and traditional arts of the Schoharie and Mohawk River Basin. EST youth (ages 13 - 18 yrs. old) learn and develop new life skills as they monitor, document and report their findings regarding the water quality of local streams, lakes, and rivers. They graduate from high school, pursue college and lead productive and socially responsible lives. It’s exciting to watch them grow in character and confidence while becoming our future leaders.
Major accomplishments at the SRC this year include:
Expansion of our award winning EST youth development program with new partners in Fort Plain, Canajoharie, Schenectady, Amsterdam, Cooperstown and Schoharie County
EST students presented their stream research at Union College’s Mohawk Symposium
EST students competed in the NYS Envirothon
Conducted four full weeks of Summer Ecology Field Schools engaging 80 youth in the study of the Mohawk River, Schoharie Creek, Otsquago Creek, and the Canajoharie Creek
Initiated new STEM afterschool programs in Schenectady and Middleburgh.
Produced innovative and interesting programs highlighting traditional arts, cultural diversity and literacy.
Successfully launched Watershed Field Day, a community based environmental learning summit.
Our programs are open to all youth and their families. We rely on grant funding and private donations to ensure that our high quality programming will remain accessible and affordable to all who want to participate. This year we seek to raise $25,000 to enable all youth to participate in our programs and we hope you will support our appeal with a tax deductible donation to the Schoharie River Center. An annual membership costs only $50.00. Other levels of giving are available - click here to make your secured online donation. Or, if you prefer you can print the membership form and mail it in with your check.
We hope you will come visit us at our Educational Center in Burtonsville. You’ll be glad you did.
Our mission is to instill a love for learning and science, promote the values of stewardship for our local environment, and encourage the positive and responsible involvement of youth in their communities