Dutchess No Child Left Inside

October 2012 No Child Left Inside backpacking and trail work trip with the Appalachian Mountain Club.

CCEDC’s Environment and Energy Program staff work to educate youth of all ages about the environment and provide them with opportunities to get outside to have fun in nature, and undertake hands-on activities to improve the environment in their own backyard.

We work on the following projects throughout the year:

  • Partnering with the Dutchess County 4-H Outdoor Ed Clubs;
  • Organizing an annual event as part of the DEC’s annual “Snapshot Day along the Hudson River”, to take elementary school youth out to conduct water quality sampling along the Hudson River;
  • Offering environmental educational events at various summer recreation programs;
  • Organizing GPS scavenger hunts at various community events;
  • Partnering with the SWCD’s annual Envirothon for area high-school students;
  • Working with local universities to offer internships with the Environment and Energy Program.

No Child Left Inside (NCLI) Program

The mission of Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County’s (CCEDC) No Child Left Inside program is to train teens to be environmental leaders, work with them to teach their peers and younger youth about the environment, and raise awareness about the environment and the importance of getting youth outdoors in their community. The youth, who have been hired by CCEDC to be youth environmental educators, not only receive training in environmental issues, but also leadership and communication skills.

For more information about the Dutchess No Child Left Inside Program check out the youth environmental educators’ tumblr blog at http://ncli.tumblr.com, check out our brochure , or contact Carolyn at 845-677-8223, ext. 135.

Funding for the 2012-2014 program has been made available by the New York State Environmental Protection Fund through the Hudson River Estuary Program of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Funding for the 2014 – 2015 has been made available by the Dutchess County Agency Partnership Program.

Dutchess NCLI is looking to hire 5 Youth Environmental Educators from the City of Poughkeepsie for the 2014-2015 program!

Applications are due June 16th.

For more information download an application or contact Carolyn at cak97@cornell.edu.