Eco-'Cuse Explorers

Eco-'Cuse Explorers Learn about GI

Eco-'Cuse Explorers Learn about GI
Eco-'Cuse Explorers Learn about GI
Eco-'Cuse Explorers Learn about GI

On March 24 Young Eco-'Cuse Explorers (YECE) had their second session at the Dunbar Center.  They learned about the problems with storm water runoff and the importance of good storm water management. With the older youth of the Onondaga Earth Corps, the YECE played with a watershed model watching how runoff can pollute our waterways.  Then they explored how Green Infrastructure can help keep this pollution in check.

NYSDEC awards POC EJ grant

The NYSDEC awarded the POC a two-year Environmental Justice Community Impact grant to continue its year-long Young Eco-'Cuse Explorer program.  This program explores an environmental justice theme with city youth between the ages of 11 and 14 years olds.  For our Young Eco-'Cuse Explorers the NYSDEC also provides free camperships for a week at Camp Pack Forest in the Adirondacks.  In 2014 the theme is water pollution/water quality and in 2015 it's toxic substances/healthy homes.

Youth Eco-'Cuse Explorers: Growing Food

This year’s Youth Eco-‘Cuse Explorers  (YECE) are digging in the dirt and learning about food security and urban agriculture. As a part of a NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s environmental justice grant, explorers are getting firsthand experience in cultivating their own crops in the city.

2012 YECE Update

YECE youth and OEC planting a rain garden
YECE youth and OEC planting trees at Kirk Park

The 2012 Young Eco-'Cuse Explorer (YECE) program ended with 9 children (11-14 yrs old) going to NYSDEC's summer  camp in Adironacks and then doing hands-on projects in the fall with our partner groups Onondaga Earth Corps (OEC) and Onondaga Environmental Institute (OEI).  Together, we planted a demonstration rain garden off Newell Street and planted trees in Kirk Park, an initiative of Cornell Cooperative Extension.  These Saturday activities finished our 2012 program.

Team Building for Eco-'Cuse Explorers

Team Building for Eco-'Cuse Explorers
Team Building for Eco-'Cuse Explorers
Team Building for Eco-'Cuse Explorers

On Saturday, Febraury 11 at the Dunbar gym,  the POC, Onondaga Earth Corps and Onondaga Environmental Institute led a team building session for the ten Young Eco-'Cuse Explorers between the ages of 11 - 14.

Each month the youth will gather to learn about Green Infrastructure (GI).  They will learn from OEI and OEC staff and  OEC youth (15 -19 years old) who are trained and hired to install GI.  The POC and OEC hopes the Eco-'Cuse Explorers when they age out of the younger program will apply for a job at OEC. Besides the monthly program in Syracuse, during the summer the Explorers will go to a DEC week-long camp in the Adirondacks to further their environmental education

 

Young Eco-'Cuse Explorers

Dunbar Center Gym
Street:
1453 S. State St.
City:
Syracuse
,

Contact Info

Aggie Lane
315-478-4571
aggielane@verizon.net

This is the second youth session.  They will learn about how the nature helps us control the pollution caused by urban stormwater.

Team Building Session for Eco-'Cuse Explorers

Dunbar Center Gym
Street:
1453 S. State St.
City:
Syracuse
,
Postal Code:
13205

Contact Info

Aggie Lane
478-4571
aggielane@verizon.net

The Partnership's Young Eco-'Cuse Explorer Program begins with a team building session.  The morning session will also include a discussion about  environmental injustice in Syracuse and about service as described in MLK jr. sermon on the Drum Major Instinct.

 

NYSDEC Awards POC and Its Partners a 2012 Environmental Justice Grant

The Partnership for Onondaga Creek (POC) and Onondaga Earth Corps (OEC) are pleased to announce the award of $49,967 by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to their joint project called “Growing Syracuse’s Next Generation of Environmental Justice Leaders”. Out of 123 state applicants, the POC/OEC project is the sole winner for the Central New York region. The award will be administered by the groups’ fiscal sponsor, the Onondaga Environmental Institute.


“OEI is pleased to serve as the fiscal sponsor on this project,” stated Onondaga Environmental Institute President Edward Michalenko. “The project’s goals to empower youth to be active participants in creating positive change for their communities and the environment aligns nicely with OEI's mission to advance environmental research, education, planning and restoration in Central New York. Amy Samuels, OEI’s Education and Outreach Coordinator, is excited to provide youth technical training and mentoring.”

NYSDEC awards Environmental Justice grant

The NYSDEC granted $49,967 to the POC, the Onondaga Earth Corps and our fiscal sponsor Onondaga Environmental Institute.  This two-year grant will help the POC run our Young Eco-'Cuse Explorer program.

Eco-'Cuse Explorer Registration

Regsitration for the POC's Young Eco-'Cuse Explorer Program continues unitl Feb. 8.  This year-long environmental education program is for 11-14 year olds.  If interested call Aggie Lane at 478-4571.