KINGSTON, N.Y. — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County’s 4-H Youth Development Program is offering a new opportunity for teens in New York City and Ulster County. The program kicks-off on January 21 with an online informational session from 6 to 7 p.m. where participants will learn more about the scope of the program.
Water Connects Us brings together teens from NYC and Ulster County to discover one of the natural ways in which they are connected; fresh water from the Catskills. Many people may not know that the Catskills provide 90% of NYC’s drinking water. Youth participants in this program will be provided a fun, educational experience where they will learn about the relationships between healthy forests and water quality. The program will encourage and develop an increased appreciation of the Catskills’ ecology through identification of trees and plants native to the Catskill forests, as well as indicators of water quality.
Youth will share their knowledge, help the community, and develop leaderships skills through art competitions, community service, and presentation opportunities. Water Connects Us will help bridge the urban/rural divide between Ulster County and NYC teens who together will learn more about the connection of these two communities.
The registration deadline is Monday, January 18. To register for the information session, visit https://tinyurl.com/waterconnectsus. Interested students can reach out to 4-H Educator Matt Helffrich for more information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
–Cornell Cooperative Extension