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Urban Wilderness Festival and Environmental Fair to be held at Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve, September 25, 2016

The Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns and the Dutchess County Environmental Management Council are hosting an Urban Wilderness Festival and Environmental Fair on Sunday, September 25, 1:00-4:00pm. The event will be held at the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve and it is free.

The event will be held at the newly renovated Vassar barns (rain or shine) and will feature numerous activities, including: a geochaching demonstration; guided walks to the beaver dam and on other preserve trails; kids activities, including face painting, a scavenger hunt, and a photo booth with wildlife masks.

Additionally, Vassar students will give informal presentations about research work they’ve done at the preserve, on campus and in the community, including a study on assessing culverts and road crossings in the Fall Kill and Casperkill Watersheds and aquatic connectivity for migratory fish species such as the American Eel. Numerous local organizations, including Hudson River Housing’s Middle Main Initiative, Riverkeeper, the Waterman Bird Club, and Dutchess County Master Gardeners, will be onsite as well.

“This event is a great way for people to come explore the preserve and learn more about our work,” says Jen Rubbo, program manager for the Environmental Cooperative.

Gail Beverly, member of the Dutchess Environmental Management Council, echoes this sentiment. "This will be a great opportunity for families, students and the environmentally curious to familiarize themselves with important environmental groups providing leadership and critical project implementation in Dutchess County,” says Ms. Beverly.

About the Dutchess County Environmental Management Council
The Dutchess County Environmental Management Council (EMC) is the county’s official citizen advisory board on matters that affect the local natural environment. The EMC was created by the Dutchess County Legislature in 1972 to advise and educate county and local governments and the public on local environmental issues.

The EMC works on topics related to the needs of the community, such as environmental education, natural resource management, and land use planning.  The EMC’s Mission is to advise and educate county and local governments and the public on local environmental issues.

About The Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns
The Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns is an outreach initiative by Vassar College working to expand and coordinate conservation initiatives throughout the Hudson Valley by supporting current efforts and developing new programs to inspire further engagement in environmental issues by the college, community and region.  The Cooperative is located at 50 Vassar Farm Lane in Poughkeepsie. Visit environmentalcooperative.vassar.edu to learn more.

Vassar College strives to make its events, performances, and facilities accessible to all. Individuals with disabilities requiring special accommodations must contact the Office of Campus Activities at least 48 hours in advance of an event, Mondays-Fridays, at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space/and or assistance may not be available. For detailed information about accessibility to specific campus facilities, search for “campus accessibility information” on the Vassar homepage (http://www.vassar.edu).

Directions to the Vassar campus, located at 124 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie, NY, are available at www.vassar.edu/directions.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, August 30, 2016