You see those gutters on the streets? those are there for Stormwater. Stormwater is water that comes from precipitation and lands on the ground either permeable or impermeable and flows to the nearest storm drain or water body, this causes major pollutions in our major water bodies because whatever is on the streets of a city will get caught in the stormwater and follow it to the water bodies. Some ways to prevent this type of pollution is having a rain garden, a rain barrel, or having your at home gutters flowing into the grass and not on a drive way.

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Leave no Trace is a way to go on a hiking or camping trip and stay environmentally friendly. When you are in the wilderness, you should not leave anything behind. This helps keep the environment the way it was and not ruin it. Something as simple as an apple core can affect the environment.
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CADDISFLIES! “Resemble small moths with wings held tent-like over their back when at rest.” “There are many species of caddisflies.” You can watch this short and sweet video, and learn more about them. Also you can vist the website, to get more information about them. (Information from site

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Here is an awesome short video on Climate change, narrated by Bill Nye.
Also, for even more information about climate change you can visit the website

BRR! WOW its cold! This is a lot of snow. They call a big snow storm a blizzard. A blizzard is where there is lots of snow, it is different then a regular snow storm because it has lots of wind. If you hear about a blizzard coming to town defiantly stay inside! Stay warm cuddle up by a fire and drink some cocoa.

Let’s go fishing! Ice Fishing that is. Because it’s winter, wherever you usually fish during the summer is most likely iced over, but don’t wait for warm weather just go ice fishing! Ice fishing is catching fish with lines and hooks through a hole in the ice. To drill a hole in the ice you would use a saw or chisel. Let your hooks and lines down and wait for the fish.You can bring a friend along and see all the fish you can catch during these ice cold days!

One may think there is nothing to do on a cold snowy day. But in fact there is many different activities. You can go outside and build forts and snowman but you can also go skiing, snowboarding, and snow shoeing. You can go up to Mohonk Mountain House and spend a day with family and friend cross country skiing, tubing,and snowshoeing! Maybe even after go and get some hot chocolate and take a dip in their heated pool! So instead of spending your days inside; Why not go outside and have some fun while exercising.

Christmas is almost here, and one of the most popular things people do on Christmas Day is open Christmas gifts. Although many might be so excited about opening the gifts and seeing the new things you have got, it is important to throw away all the wrapping paper. If the paper ends up outside it could be bad for the environment and be considered littering. As you open gifts it would be a smart idea to keep a trash bag next to you so it can be easy to throw away. Also you can check and see if you can even recycle leftover wrapping paper. Be sure to think about the environment over the holidays!

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One of the concepts that we often educate others about is what watersheds are and why they are important to protect. We came across this great little you tube video that defines what a watershed is with a song and some graphics. The song is about drainage basins, which here in North America we refer to as watersheds.

A bear bag is a bag that campers put all of the food/utensils in so that bears don’t come to your camp site looking for food. To hang a bear bag you have to find a place away from camp with trees. Then find a way to hang it 12 feet in the air between trees. Also, it has to be 6 feet away from each tree. this will help you keep your camp safe and uninterrupted by bears!

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Yesterday, we met with the some of the Education staff of the NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program at the Norrie Point Environmental Center to view and discuss the film, Play Again. Play Again is a documentary film where a group of teenagers describe their experiences, having to live in the woods for several days without electronics. After watching the film, we discussed the points made in the film and used them to find ways to encourage others to become immersed and interested in environmental science. You can learn more about the film at

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No Child Left Inside is a program of Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County. The mission of the program is to give youth the opportunity to get outdoors and connect with nature while also learning more about the environment and how to protect it. We will be posting photos from our outdoor adventures and sharing some of what we have been learning and teaching others. We hope you enjoy and maybe even learn something new.

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Do you have a smartphone and want to go birdwatching? Technology and nature didn’t use to go together but the times are changing. iBird Plus Guide to Birds, WildLab Bird, and National Geographic Birds are some of the apps to help you with your birdwatching needs. These apps have extensive databases which will help anyone, beginner of expert, observe and understand the birds that they find.


  On Monday, MLK day, NCLI went hiking at Sam’s Point Reserve Trail. It was an amazing hike, we saw a lot of interesting sites including the Verkeerderkill Falls. This was NCLI’s first hike, this year in the snow. It was cold but we dressed very warm and was ready for the weather. We hiked about 7miles, it was tiring but it was worth the vivid imagery that was all around us as we walked this gorgeous trail.

The kind of animals that go into hibernation in the winter time are:

Reptiles and Amphibians- Snakes hibernate during the winter time because their cold blooded. Lizards, frogs, alligators, and crocodiles do the same.

Bees- Many species have only one survivor per colony every year: the queen. When the males and workers die off in the fall, the queen finds a safe, warm place to hide until the following spring.

Mammals- Several mammals hibernate during the cold winters. Racoons, bears, groundhogs, and even bats.