Today’s children and families often have limited opportunities to connect with the natural environment. Wstchester County Park’s robust environmental education programming/activities have prevented hundreds of thousands of children from losing touch with nature and the outdoors. This is critical, as children who regularly play outdoors have been shown to be happier, healthier, more confident and less anxious.
The recently released 2018 Westchester County budget included an elimination of all full time curators from Westchester County’s Parks, including the Wolf Conservation Center partners at Muscoot Farm and Trailside Nature Museum at Ward Pound Ridge. This amounts to an elimination of the County’s Conservation Division.
- Without the Curators we would lose the ability to run our life changing ecology summer camps, Farm camps, and environmental programming which foster a close relationship with nature and personal growth for many children in our communities.
- Without the Curators it will become extremely difficult to schedule field trips and school group visits to the parks.
- Without the Curators we will lose the ability to have free public programs and education.
- Reduced staff will effectively close the Nature Centers.
- Though parks will still be open, the reduced monitoring of the grounds and buildings will
- Without a consistent and constant presence of a curator, the nature preserves will lose the ability to organize and give credit for all of the many needed volunteer hours that go into maintaining and beautifying the preserves.
- Grants to enhance the preserves and centers will become impossible to implement and greatly jeopardize any new grants in the future.
Today’s children and families often have limited opportunities to connect with the natural environment. Westchester County Parks have prevented hundreds of thousands of children from losing touch with nature and the outdoors. This is critical, as children who regularly play outdoors have been shown to be happier, healthier, more confident and less anxious.
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Westchester County residents, please consider taking action. Contact your Westchester County Board of Legislator and/or attend a meeting:
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- 11/21 – Yonkers Riverfront Library, One Larkin Center, Yonkers, New York
- 11/29 – Mount Kisco Public Library, 100 East Main Street, Mount Kisco, New York
- 12/6 – BOL Chamber, 148 Martine Avenue, 8th Floor, White Plains, NY