Cornell Cooperative Extension
10 Westbrook Lane, Kingston, NY
Phone: 845-340-3990 Fax: 845-340-3993
Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County (CCEUC) and several partners are leading an initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic in Kingston, NY through environmental and policy change. Four committees are charged with seeing out the work plan of the grant, and partners are looking for Kingston residents and interested parties to become volunteer members of the committees. You can become involved in the committees in the following ways! More info.
Master Gardener Hotline – 845-340-3478 (DIRT) – March through October M-W-F 9:00am-12:00pm
Master Gardeners, volunteers trained by Extension experts in the art and science of gardening, will also be available in the office for soil testing, plant and insect identification.
Download Volunteer Application/Brochure
CCE Ulster’s 4-H Youth Development Program Volunteer Opportunities
— Gleaning Program, produce donations
— Deer Management, venison donations
— Nutrition Education in Soup Kitchens and Food Pantries
Plant a Row for the Hungry
A people-helping-people program assisting the hungry in Ulster County
A program of the Cornell Cooperative Extension
With the start of the growing and planting season we’re looking for gardeners like you to help feed the hungry in Ulster County by planting an extra row in your garden this summer and signing up to take the excess produce to our office. If you don’t have room to plant an extra row – sign up to donate the excess produce nearly all gardens produce.
We are asking vegetable gardeners to grow a little extra this season, or bring their excess produce to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County, 10 Westbrook Lane, Kingston, NY.
More info or call 845-340-3478 (DIRT).
Duzine and Lenape Schools plan organic vegetable gardens this spring
Since district funds are very tight this year, we are doing this as a grassroots project and looking to our resourceful community to support the gardens and our schools. We need help from skilled carpenters in building raised beds, fences, and gates. We need material donations such as lumber for raised beds, fence posts, fencing, and gates, soil, compost, and mulch, tools, tool sheds, hoses, etc. Gardens will offer our children an enhanced learning experience across the curriculum through hands-on activities with soil, plants, animals, and the cycles of nature that produce our food. Gardens spark curiosity, creativity, and scientific investigations, bring children outside to enjoy fresh air and physical exercise, and promote healthier eating habits.
For more information, contact the PTA Garden Committee Co-chairs:
Martha Cheo 256-9316 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim O’Dowd 255-4170 email@example.com
Esopus Creek Conservancy
Esopus Bend Nature Preserve, among New York State’s newest land trust, is a unique 161-acre preserve located partially within both the village and town of Saugerties along a dramatic bend in the Esopus Creek less than a mile from the Hudson River. We are an all-volunteer organization, and volunteers are essential to achieve our goals. Volunteers have worked to restore the meadow area where visitors can now observe a wide variety of wildflowers, birds and butterflies. Environmental education walks are scheduled throughout the year. Partnering with the Catskill Center and the Saugerties school district, we opened up Esopus Bend as an outdoor classroom for local schools. Whether you would like to be called for a special task, serve on a committee, work outdoors on the preserve, or help in some other way, we would like to hear about you and your interests.
Kingston Land Trust and City Gardens
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The City Gardens project involves students, volunteers, master gardeners and educators. Gardens have been created at Queens Galley, Darmstadt Shelter, Bailey Middle School and more. Contact Rebecca Martin at 750-7295 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kingston Land Trust forms a natural playscape committee to create a structure at the GW Elementary School.
Interested volunteers committee members being sought.
Kingston – The George Washington Elementary School is collaborating with the Kingston Land Trust in creating a natural playscape outside of the Children’s House classrooms. A natural playscape is an outdoor play environment featuring natural elements like logs, boulders, trees, plants, and water that encourage active play, and at the same time challenge children to investigate the physical world around them.
To help guide the planning and design construction of this project, a Natural Playscape Committee is being formed. Interested volunteers can contact Ann Loeding at the Kingston Land Trust email@example.com or visit www.kingstonlandtrust.org for more information.
New Paltz GreenWorks
To lower and off-set carbon emissions in our community by educating the public about actions they can take, that make it easier for people to make a difference.
Things you can do today
New Paltz ReUse and Recycling Center
Join us at New Paltz ReUse and make a difference in your local community! We have many opportunities for volunteers to support our mission to enhance community, economy, and environment through ReUse. Whether you can commit to a few hours each week or one weekend a year, we can use your help! The ReUse and Recycling Center is located at 3 Clearwater Road in New Paltz. Open five days a week: Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm Phone (845) 255-8456 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rondout-Esopus Land Conservancy
now holds 31 conservation easements governing more than 2,500 acres in Ulster County. The easements are held in Accord, High Falls, Marbletown, Olivebridge, Rosendale, Saugerties, Stone Ridge and West Shokan. The all volunteer organization is a member of the Land Trust Alliance of New York and National Land Trust Alliance and was founded in 1987. There is no requirement that conservancy members must convey property or even own property – just that they support the conservancy’s mission. Contact Laura Traverse at 657-8303. Volunteers are always welcome and appreciated. If you would like to assist in our mission by volunteering, please contact our president, Walter Levy at email@example.com or 845-626-3140.
Rondout Valley Growers Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 867 Stone Ridge, NY 12484
The Rondout Valley Growers Association is a non-profit community organization comprised of local farmers, residents, and businesses that are committed to strengthening the region’s family farms and preserving open space for future generations.
More info, events & volunteer opportunities
Sustainable Hudson Valley
PO Box 4112 Kingston, NY
Volunteers needed to help SHV with communications and outreach, research support, office help or fundraising, contact Melissa or Michael directly at 845-384-1061. More info.
Student Conservation Association/Hudson Valley Corps
299 Mountain Rest Road New Paltz, NY 12561
Phone: 845-255-4758 Fax: 845-255-6987
Celebrating 50 Years of Students Conserving America
Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Association
Do you enjoy walking along the Rail Trail? Want to help keep our Rail Trail beautiful? Are you willing to lend a hand? As you may know the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail was extended in 2013. It is now a beautiful 24 mile linear park stretching from Gardiner, through the Town and Village of New Paltz and Rosendale to the Town of Ulster. In order to help us maintain the trail we are looking for a few volunteers to either Adopt a section of the trail or to be a Trail Engineer. A description of each is below. If you are interested or would like additional information please email firstname.lastname@example.org. More Info.
Woodstock Land Conservancy
Some of the many areas we need the help of volunteers are:
Trail Monitoring / Stewardship
Help with Land Protection – Easement Monitoring
Photography / Videography
Assistance with Special Events
Assistance with Monthly First Saturday On the Trail hikes
Help with mass mailings 2x a year
Tabling in the community – Farmer’s Market, Woodstock Nights, Library Fair, other events.
Leading a hike or event – sharing an area of expertise
Many of these are on-going needs.
Visit: www.woodstocklandconservancy.org for more info or to volunteer.