The Schoharie River Center does not and shall not discriminate based on race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations, providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all.
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EST is an award winning after-school youth development program for students aged 13 - 18 and has been running since 2002. Students meet every other Sunday at the River Center in Burtonsville, NY from 12-4 pm. Students learn about the science of water ecology and participate in various outdoor activities including hiking, swimming, cross-country skiing and much more. Membership in this program is free, and requires parental consent. Check the Events Calendar for exact dates and times.
The Schoharie River Center has developed and run a number of successful programs throughout the years. From the award winning Environmental Study Team program for middle school and high school aged students that meets throughout the school year, to Schoharie River Day, a single day community event celebrating the cultural diversity and natural resources of the Schoharie River Valley, there is something for everyone. Below are summaries of our programs. To learn more about each of them click the “+” sign.
Archeology Field School is a one week long day program for youth ages 11 - 18, held in the summer time, and is led by experienced archeologists. Students literally get their hands dirty, learning and using techniques used by professional archeologists, while conducting an actual archeological dig searching for artifacts in the Schoharie River Valley or Fort Plain. Artifacts unearthed in past digs include hundreds of pieces of chert flakes and fire cracked rock indicating the sites were used as a place to make projectile points, stone tools and pottery possibly dating back as far as 0 – 999 AD.
Throughout the year we hold various one and two day workshops showcasing the talents of various local and regional artists and musicians. Some of these programs are supported with grants from NYSCA - New York State Council on the Arts. Workshops we’ve held in the past include Rag Wool Rug Braiding, Dry Laid Stone Wall Building, Lacrosse Stick Making, Stone Carving, Blacksmithing and so much more. Occasionally we have an artist in residence, staying at the River Center for a few days to a week at a time while they practice their craft and conduct public workshops. Click the “+” above to learn more.
Looking for something different for your middle schooler or high schooler to do this summer? For the summer of 2015, we are offering 4 different week-long programs. All are designed to get you outdoors and learning about your environment while having fun. Each of these are day programs that run between 9am and 4pm. Specific programs are for students of varying ages and are located in different areas. Some are free! Find out more by clicking the “+” above.