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Wildlife Wednesday Edible Plant Program with Anita Sanchez At Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site will host environmental educator and author Anita Sanchez on July 25th at 6:30pm for the third program in our 2018 Wildlife Wednesday series.  Sanchez will discuss wild edible plants and there will also be some sampling of those found on the grounds of the historic site.  We will also try some wild teas as well.  The program will meet outside the Visitor Center at 129 Schoharie Street, Fort Hunter.

Sanchez worked as an environmental educator for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation at education centers across the state. She now is a free-lance educator, providing programs for schools, libraries, museums, botanical gardens, and arboreta.  Also, she is a successful author and champion of unloved plants, and has written, “The Teeth of the Lion: The Story of the Beloved and Despised Dandelion” and most recently, “Leaflets Three, Let it Be! The Story of Poison Ivy”.

This is a free event open to the public.  Donations to the Friends of Schoharie Crossing are always appreciated. Wildlife Wednesdays continue August 8th at 5:30pm and the 22nd at 6:30pm. Upcoming nature programs include an Early Morning Bird Walk with George Steel beginning 6:30am on August 12th at Yankee Hill Lock on Queen Anne Road, and Anita Sanchez presenting on “The Teeth of the Lion: The Story of the Beloved and Despised Dandelion” occurring on Tuesday, August 28th at 6:30pm in the Enders House.  ECOS: The Environmental Clearinghouse of Schenectady will also be conducting a paddle event from Schoharie Crossing on August 11th to highlight the environmental aspects of the Schoharie Creek and Mohawk River.

For information about this series and other events listed, please call the Visitor Center at (518) 829-7516, email SchoharieCrossing@parks.ny.gov, or visit our Facebook page.  Information can also be found on our NYS Parks website.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation oversees 180 state parks and 35 historic sites, which are visited by 60 million people annually.  For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit www.nysparks.com, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.

Wildlife Wednesday Bird Walk with George Steele

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site will host environmental educator George Steele on June 27the at 6:30pm for the first in the 2018 Wildlife Wednesday program series.  Steele will lead a walk that explores different areas of the historic site around the Visitor Center while watching and listening for various bird species.  The walk will take place along the banks of Schoharie Creek and on historic site trails, which were formerly the towpath for the Erie Canal.  The program will meet outside the Visitor Center at 129 Schoharie Street, Fort Hunter.  There is no charge, but donations are always appreciated. 

Birders know that the region is terrific for the varied species that can be found, and at Schoharie Crossing there is a tremendous birding habitat complete with waterways, wetlands, reforested spaces and more. The site is known for appearances by species such as the Great Blue Heron, Osprey, Orioles, Pileated Woodpeckers, Egrets, Belted Kingfisher, Bald Eagles, Canada Geese, and many more. 

George Steele -Environmental Educator - Bird Walk at Schoharie CrossingGeorge Steele is a lifelong educator. His unique blend of expertise and enthusiasm has turned thousands of children into science-lovers. For over 20 years he has been an independent education consultant working with schools, libraries, nature centers, and museums thought the Northeast, including the NYS Art Teachers Association, the NYS Outdoor Education Association, the Gifted and Talented Enrichment Program at Lafayette College and Lehigh University.

He is the former director of the NYSDEC Environmental Education Camp Program, recipient of the Conservation Educator Award of the NYS Conservation Council, the NYS Outdoor Education Association’s Gold Award for Lifetime Achievement and Outdoor Educator of the Year Award.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Forest Biology from SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, and has done graduate work at the Antioch/New England Graduate School in Keene, NH.

The Wildlife Wednesday series will occur every two weeks from the end of June until September. Alternating time slots of 6:30pm and 5:00pm and will feature engaging environmental education with George Steele, Anita Sanchez and Student Conservation Association interns from the Saratoga Spa State Park.

For information about this series and more, please call the Visitor Center at (518) 829-7516, email SchoharieCrossing@parks.ny.gov, or visit our Facebook page.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation oversees 180 state parks and 35 historic sites, which are visited by 60 million people annually.  For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit www.nysparks.com, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.