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Friends Friends of Dover Jessica Kaufman Evan Van Hook surve

"What do you like to do outdoors, and where?" What would you like to do more of? Jessica Kaufman and Evan van Hook record the answers: Hike was Number one by far. Jessica demonstrates geocaching as one way to explore nature.

News: April - May 2015

Earth Day Events

Christopher Park Alliance
Christopher Park Alliance will be working with a corporate volunteer group from WSP, one of the world's leading engineering, design, and environmental consultancies on April 22.  This is the second time that WSP is helping them scrape (in preparation for painting) Christopher Park's 150 year old wrought iron fence.  12 volunteers will join them!

Friends of Dover Parks
The Seventh Annual Dover Earth Day from 9:30am – 1 pm at Dover High School/Middle School, Dover Plains, NY. Several local organization come together to celebrate Earth Day with our kids. The energy in the room comes from the enthusiasm of the students, their teachers and the Administration. They are welcoming six new exhibitors this year. Organizations that care about conservation in the Harlem Valley, demonstrate how to sustainably harvest our natural resources, provide a hands-on experience of the natural world, develop creative ways to address resource protection and conservation, and equally importantly, share with the students of the Dover School District their knowledge, appreciation and enthusiasm for getting out in nature!

Honoring the Future
Smithsonian Craft Show Partners with Honoring the Future to Announce Sustainability Prize. The first “Honoring the Future Sustainability Award” will be presented at the April 22 opening of the 2015 Smithsonian Craft Show. The award, which comes with a $1,000 prize, recognizes an artist whose work educates the public about climate change or inspires or models a sustainable response to climate change. Lloyd Herman, founding director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, will serve as judge. Click here for more information about the award. Click here for The Huffington Post article.

Other Upcoming Events

Butterfly Project NYC
Native Plant Share on May 16  from 11-1 at Grove Hill Community Garden, East 158th Street and Eagle Avenue. Join Bronx Green-Up/The New York Botanical Garden, Butterfly Project NYC, and Grow to LearnNYC to find out more about the connections between native plants and pollinators and how to encourage them in urban landscapes. This year’s workshop is once again part of NYC Wildflower Week. Plants will be available for pick-up, to be used in schoolyards, community gardens, and other public spaces while supplies last. Pre-registration is required. To register, fill out the online form on the Butterfly Project website by May 9 at 5p.m. For more information, visit Many thanks to our partners City Parks Foundation, NYC Wildflower Week, and GreenThumb/NYC Parks.

Past Events

Compost for Brooklyn
Sunday, April 12. Spring 2015 Tree Giveaway:  Compost for Brooklyn is proud of being chosen—again, and for the 4th time—by New York Restoration Project as a community partner for its work on the NYC Million Trees initiative.  This year, they held a Tree Giveaway April 12, from 12 noon to 2 pm, at their composting and urban garden site at the corner of Newkirk Avenue and East 8th Street in Brooklyn.  They gave away 83 trees and will give away the remaining 17 in the next couple of weeks.  The goal of the work we do with NYRP is to give trees to individuals who will commit to planting, watering, and caring for each tree to ensure its success.  They provide each new tree owner with information about how to take care of the tree and help it get it to maturity—and enjoy seeing the excitement on the faces of the adults and children as they signed for and took their trees away. 

Rondout Valley Growers Association
Sunday, April 12 from 3-6 pm at Mohonk Mountain House. The Challenges Facing Existing Family Farms at Mohonk:  Mohonk Consultations in collaboration with Rondout Valley Growers Association held its annual Forum focusing on The Challenges Facing Existing Family Farms.  The event is with support from Brook Farm Project.   The Forum offered conversations on potential collaborations among established family farmers, new (first generation) farmers, nonprofit initiatives fostering agriculture in the region, and the public.  Panel presentation and exchange among representatives from family farms, the Hudson Valley Farm Hub, the Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator and Cornell Cooperative Extension began the Forum.

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