In conjunction with Genesee County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, the Genesee County Soil & Water Conservation District offers a wide variety of environmental programs for people of all ages. Many of the programs are held at the Genesee County Park & Forest Interpretive Nature Center located at 11095 Bethany-Center Road, E. Bethany, NY 14054. School programs based upon New York State Learning Standards and scout programs focusing on badge requirements are also offered by the environmental educator. For more information, contact Judy Spring at (585) 343-2362 or (585) 344-1122 or email Judy.Spring@ny.nacdnet.net. Program offerings can be found on the Park website
Each year, fifth grade students from schools in Genesee County participate in Conservation Education Field Days sponsored by Genesee County Soil & Water Conservation District and the Genesee County Department of Parks. The goal of the program is to educate the students about environmental and conservation issues. The students travel to different “environmental stations” set up throughout the Genesee County Park. The instructors who lead the discussion at each station are made up of local professional and volunteer educators. For more information on Conservation Education Field Days, contact Judy Spring at (585) 343-2362 or (585) 344-1122 or email Judy.Spring@ny.nacdnet.net.
The Envirothon is an annual, outdoor education opportunity for high school students. This scholastic competition focuses on the students’ knowledge of aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife, and a current environmental issue. The two day event includes an array of hands-on activities, workshops, problem-solving discussions and presentations as well as a final competition. The winning team from each county goes on to the New York State Envirothon. The winner from the state competition progresses to the national competition where scholarship prizes are awarded. For more information on the Envirothon, contact Judy Spring at (585) 343-2362 or (585) 344-1122 or by emailJudy.Spring@ny.nacdnet.net. Further information about the NYS Envirothon can be found at www.nysenvirothon.net.
Look for Genesee County Soil & Water Conservation District’s exhibit at the Genesee County Fair held during the month of July. Watersheds, stormwater management, the importance of soils, and AEM (Agricultural Environmental Management) have been themes for past displays
ACORNS is a volunteer group formed to support Genesee County Parks (Genesee County Park & Forest and DeWitt Recreation Area) by assisting with environmental programs and park maintenance, offering recreational opportunities and promoting the parks. ACORNS’ membership dollars support the parks’ programs and help with improvements in the parks and at the Genesee County Park and Forest Interpretive Nature Center. For more information, contact Julia Garver at (585) 343-8514 or Judy Spring at (585) 344-1122.