Eco-'Cuse Explorers

Urban youth go to DEC's Camp Pack Forest

Urban youth go to DEC's Camp Pack Forest

For the last three summers, the NYSDEC has provided camperships to Partnership for Onondaga Creek for Syracuse's urban youth. This year on July 10, Maresh, Anthony and Sherwin went to Camp Pack Forest for a week-long experience for 15-17 year olds. And on July 24, Jakev, Eric, Abby and Danielle went off to Camp Pack Forest for a similar week but this time the experience was for 12-14 yr. olds.

Besides the camperships valued at $325, this year the DEC helped with transportation providing a van & driver.  Previous years, the POC had to worry about how to get the children to camp.  Since it is three hours away by car, near the Vermont border, the POC was very grateful for the help!

POC strategy meeting

On May 21 from 9 am to 2pm, Partnership members reviewed its mission and the issues that it is committed to.

With facilitating help from Bob Graham and Jessica Maxwell, the POC examined its mission and the issues that the group wants to work on.  We also looked at sustainability and community recruitment.  Some useful ideas and recommendations came out of this meeting, namely, how to share the burden of various initatives and how to recruit more community members and train our future EJ leaders.

See the attached summary document for this meeting.

DEC Campers visit Karen Kerney's orchard and garden

On Saturday morning, May 14, seven Syracuse youth who are signed up for a summer NYSDEC camp, visited Karen Kerney's Jamesville orchard and garden. 

The seven campers were accompanied by four POC members.  After touring Karen's place,  we learned about soil and the plants Karen was growing. We tried our hand at a few gardening tasks and Karen coached us on how to hoe properly.  And at the end of our morning, Karen served us a treat right from the vineyard, homemade grape juice.  It was a wonderful local outing exposing us all to the benefits of raising your own food.

DEC Camp

Date: 
December, 2009

Light a Candle for Literacy Festival

Danforth Middle School
Street:
309 West Brighton Avenue
Additional:
Parade starts at Key Bank
City:
Syracuse
,
Province:
New York
Postal Code:
13205

Contact Info

Geneva Hayden
382-6703
ahayden4@twcny.rr.com

The Literacy Parade will start at noon and march from Key Bank at the corner of Colvin and S. Salina Streets to Danforth School.

The festival will be held at Danforth School from 1 - 3pm. There will food, games, prizes, free books and information about health and the environment. There will also be a variety of special entertainment.

POC members and the youth going to NYSDEC summer camp will march in the parade.

Second local field trip for youth going to NYSDEC summer camp

The home of Karen Kerney
Street:
3684 Ransom Road
City:
Jamesville
,
Province:
New York

Contact Info

Aggie Lane
478-4571
aggielane@verizon.net

POC members and the youth going to NYSDEC summer camp will arrive at Karen Kerney's place at 9:30 am. Those that want to carpool can meet at Brady Faith Center at 9 am. At Karen's we will tour her extensive garden and orchard. Karen plans to have a hands-on activity for us to do.

We will leave Jamesville at 11:40 am so we can be back in Syracuse by noon.

DEC Campers Cleanup the Creek

Cleanup on Hovey Street along Onondaga Creek

From 9 to 11:15 am POC members, the Creek Rats, urban youth and ESF students picked up trash along Onondaga Creek & Hovey Street. At 11:15 am we walked two blocks to Aggie's at 340 Midland Avenue and had pizza and soda. This cleanup was the first local outing for the youth going to NYSDEC summer camp.

DEC Campership Creek Cleanup

Street:
340 Midland Ave
City:
Syracuse
,
Province:
New York

Contact Info

Aggie Lane
478-4571
aggielane@verizon.net

Hi all,

This coming Saturday Morning April 16 from 9am to noon the youth going to camp will be doing a cleanup along Hovey Street on the Southwest side of Syracuse.

We encourage parents/guardians to join us for this event but in case you can't please make sure your child is:

at 9am dropped off at Hovey Street (Hovey runs along Onondaga Creek and is a short connector street between Midland Avenue and South Avenue. (Currently the road at South and Castle is blocked)
and

How To Apply

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Young Eco-'Cuse Explorers

The POC's Young Eco-'Cuse Explorers teach urban children between the ages 11 - 14  about science, environmnetal justice and urban ecology.  Our program cost $50 per child and registration is the first Saturday in January. The Partnership limits registration to ten children.  For more information or to get on a waiting list, call Aggie at 478-4571.